The university in Manchester, northwest England, said Thursday that Marr would deliver a series of workshops and master classes to students in its popular music and recording course.

"Salford University is offering some fantastic opportunities to students in music," said Marr, 43. "It is an honor to be appointed as a professor and I'm excited at the prospect of being able to make a contribution."

The Smiths, formed in Manchester in 1982 by Marr and singer Morrissey, have close ties to Salford, a working-class district of the city. They posed in front of the Salford Lads Club for the sleeve of their 1986 album, "The Queen Is Dead."

The band split up in 1987. Marr went on to form the band Electronic and now plays with U.S. indie kings Modest Mouse.
But this is not the first time that Johnny has visited Salford University. Those lucky enough to have been present at The Smiths' performance (one of the last few) held at the University in 1986 experienced what Johnny regards as the best gig he ever played. As he himself says: "the PA had to be tied down because the floor was bouncing up so high that the stage was practically falling to pieces."
Smiths show
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