21 Sep 2004
With a promise that 'No story will be left untold', the Manchester District Music Archive is launched tonight with a seminar at Urbis. This promises to be a great event with several luminaries in attendances, and, who knows, maybe the odd loony!

Transcript of invitation

You are invited to the seminar and public launch of the Manchester District Music Archive. Tuesday 21st September 2004 at Urbis, 5.30pm. Speakers include Jon Savage, Guy Garvey, CP Lee and Mark Radcliffe. Refreshments will be served. To reserve a place go to www.mdmarchive.co.uk or call Matthew Norman on 0161 877 5132. [On paper with 'Photomontage 1977' by Linder.]

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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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