20 Aug 2004
From Wigan Casino to the Hacienda 
A date and venue has been set for the first Manchester District Music Archive seminar. It will be on Tuesday 21 September 2004 at Urbis in Manchester. This is also the last night of In the City and such luminaries as Mark Radcliffe, Jon Savage and Guy Garvey (Elbow) will be in attendance.

From the MDMA website: "The aim of the seminar is to listen to the views of the public and the music industry. We want to hear how best we can serve other archives, libraries and museums. This is your opportunity to tell us what MDMArchive should be."

You can register for the seminar and/or the mailing list using the online form.

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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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