21 Sep 2004
Celebration 
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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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.

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