5 Dec 2003
It's coming home 
Full details of the forthcoming Peter Saville Show at Urbis in Manchester follow: "Returning to his home city, Peter Saville brings a three-decade retrospective of his work to Urbis in Manchester - opening 23 January and running through 18 April 2004. Curated by the Design Museum in London and currently touring the world, The Peter Saville Show is a landmark exhibition showcasing one of the most influential graphic designers of our time. The Peter Saville Show showcases over 500 items from conception through to finished pieces, from album artwork to his work with fashion gurus such as Mandarina Duck, Dior, Givenchy, Stella McCartney and Yohji Yamamoto."

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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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