24 Jun 2017
True Faith @ Manchester Art Gallery 
True Faith @ Manchester Art Gallery

True Faith explores the ongoing significance and legacy of New Order and Joy Division through the wealth of visual art their music has inspired and runs at Manchester Art Gallery from Friday 30 June to Sunday 3 September 2017 in conjunction with the Manchester International Festival.

"Curated by Matthew Higgs, Director of White Columns, New York (see FAC 171) and author and film-maker Jon Savage with archivist Johan Kugelberg, True Faith is centred on four decades' worth of extraordinary contemporary works from artists including Julian Schnabel, Jeremy Deller, Liam Gillick, Mark Leckey, Glenn Brown and Slater Bradley, all directly inspired by the two groups.

"Also featuring Peter Saville's seminal cover designs, plus performance films, music videos, fashion and posters from John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Lawrence Weiner, Jonathan Demme, Robert Longo, Raf Simons and Kathryn Bigelow, True Faith provides a unique perspective on these two most iconic and influential Manchester bands. The exhibition will also present a selection of rarely seen personal materials, including original hand written lyrics."

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Steve Martland Bursary Fund 
Steve Martland - Summer School - Bursary Fund

Sound and Music has launched a compelling appeal to raise £25,000 by July 2018 in order to create a much-needed bursary fund, in memory of the much-loved composer Steve Martland (1954-2013), offering financial support to young composers attending the annual residential Summer School for Young Composers.

Every year, 75 young composers aged 14-18 from all over the country arrive at the Sound and Music Summer School for a transformational week of music making. They learn from and work alongside a team of world renowned composers, professional musicians and experienced educators in developing their compositional skills, be it in writing for instruments, writing for film, writing for non-European instruments, writing for voice, or writing for a jazz ensemble. This is the only course of its kind in the UK and for many of the young people attending it is a truly life-changing experience.

For music to thrive in the future, there is an urgent need to ensure that the pursuit of music and composition as a profession is available to every young person who has the talent. Every year, at least a third of attendees at the Summer School need some level of bursary to be able to attend and in 2015 the idea of creating bursaries specifically in memory of Steve Martland was conceived, from which the current appeal has been born.

Steve's words feel more than ever relevant now: "Creativity is everything that is against what's going on in the world right now. It's to do with tolerance and understanding other people. With more creativity we wouldn't have these conflicts we're having. I know that's very idealistic, but if I didn't believe that I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing. It's about seeing the differences between people and celebrating them. That's what all music is about for me."

An exceptionally generous donation of £9,000 from Steve's publisher and friend Sally Groves, made in memory of her husband of Dennis Marks, has kick-started the appeal. Other supporters are now being sought to make the fund a reality.

The actual cost per pupil of attendance at the Summer School is £1,200, and the fee to parents (without a bursary) is £450. Donations received will go directly towards assisting young people to attend, and a fund of £25,000 means that Sound and Music can ensure the future of the Summer School’s ability to offer bursaries whenever they are needed.

More details and the facility to make a donation are available via soundandmusic.org.

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23 Jun 2017
The Names - German Nights [FBN 122 CD] 
The Names - German Nights [FBN 122 CD]

Factory Benelux presents a brand new live CD by The Names. German Nights was recorded in 2016/2017 over the course of three concerts in Berlin, Hamburg and Freiburg. Produced by Thomas Neidhardt, the set draws heavily on the albums Swimming and Stranger Than You, as will as classic singles including Nightshift, Calcutta, The Astronaut and Spectators of Life. The set concludes with a cover of Velvet Underground classic What Goes On.

"The new members have injected new life into the band," explains singer and songwriter Michel Sordinia, "and together we've updated the arrangements on some of the older songs. But ultimately we're still the same new wave band who joined Factory Records in 1980."

Covert art by Twilight. CD booklet features tour photography by Peter Staessens.

CD tracklisting

1. Intro/Discovery
2. Life By the Sea
3. Hands Off Love
4. This Is Harmony
5. The Fire
6. Spectators of Life
7. Shanghai Gesture
8. I Wish I Could Speak Your Language
9. Boy With a Gun
10. Nightshift
11. Calcutta
12. The Astronaut
13. My Angel of Death
14. What Goes On

More details and info on how to order at factorybenelux.com.

See also: thenames.be

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FAC 148 Styal water wheel bucket sponsorship 
FAC 148 Styal water wheel bucket sponsorship

Quarry Bank Mill
Museum of the Year 1984

Quarry Bank Mill Trust Ltd
Styal, Cheshire SK9 4LA

12th December 1985
Our Ref. FR2/DS/JA
Water Wheel Donations

A.H. Wilson Esq.
Managing Director
Factory Communication Ltd
86 Palatine Road
West Didsbury
Manchester 20

Dear Mr Wilson

Thank you for your cheque for sponsorship of a water wheel bucket. We will be delighted to inscribe the bucket FAC 148 in accordance with your wishes.

This very generous measure of support for our major restoration project is much appreciated by the Museum Trustees.

I hope that you will come and visit us in the near future to see the progress made so far; we will of course, be in touch with you when the bucket has been inscribed, so that you can see your bucket on the wheel.

Yours sincerely

David Sekers


Original letter from Quarry Bank Mill to Tony Wilson in acknowledgement of receipt of an unknown sum of sponsorship money for a water wheel bucket at the museum.

FAC 148 was chosen because it was 1 of 48 water wheel buckets.

The final inscribed bucket may be seen below.

FAC 148 Styal water wheel bucket sponsorship

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22 Jun 2017
Shades of indifference from Happy Mondays and Weeds 


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Live at Corbieres Wine Cavern
Half Moon Street, St. Annes Square, Manchester
Sunday 27th October 1985    8 - late

Admission 50p     BY INVITATION ONLY

"shades of indifference"


Original ticket invitation for a gig by Happy Mondays and Weeds at Corbieres in Manchester.  

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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