I'm a very casual fan of Ian Brown's solo stuff. I don't buy the albums but often check out songs on Youtube etc. and keep track of what he's up to when I can.
It strikes me that he and Moz have very similar solo careers. Like a lot of hard core Smiths fans, Stone Roses worshippers often slag off his new stuff, constantly making comparisons.
Brown has a devoted hard core following but his live shows have fans ranging from their teens into the 50s -- not unlike Moz. They're both fighters that keep forging ahead, putting out music, doing shows. Moz is a bigger icon, but Brown is up there, especially in Manchester lore.
Morrissey named an album Strangeways here we come -- Brown did time there...