4 Jul 2004
Holiday reading 
From its amusing acknowledgements through to its detailed dissection of the recording of the album Unknown Pleasures via a thorough history of Joy Division, the book 'Unknown Pleasures' by Chris Ott (in the 33 1/3 series) is essential reading.

The book 'I Swear I Was There' by David Nolan [Milo Books; May 2001; ASIN: 1903854024] referenced herein, would also seem to be worth checking, detailing as it does the infamous Lesser Free Trade Hall gig by the Sex Pistols. It's now out of print but is probably available through the usual sources.

33 1/3 - Unknown Pleasures
by Chris Ott
US: $9.95
UK: £6.99
ISBN: 0-8264-1549-0
Publisher: Continuum

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A Certain Ratio

"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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