21 Sep 2004
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Tony Wilson ["The iconic Manchester Channel 4 broadcaster and Factory Records founder" in case you didn't know] appears as part of the Orange Word, a "series of conversations with writers and thinkers at The Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly." All events are sixty-minute face to face conversations, with audience Q&A, followed by booksignings.

Tony Wilson
5 October 2004 at 18:00
Criterion Theatre, London W1
£7

Thanks and a Happy Birthday to AJ.

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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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