13 Oct 2004
Crossfade: The Big Chill Anthology 
The Big Chill's promotion for the book Crossfade: the Big Chill Anthology continues tonight at the Big Chill Bar where Gonnie Rietveld (ex-Quando Quango and one of the authors of the book) will play some house records (classic old stuff mentioned in the book and lazy jazzy deep house) from 9-12pm. Also, from 6pm, Ally Fogg (aka DJ Enchanted Gordon) will be selecting from his collection of chilled out tunes, in relation to his essay contribution to Crossfade.

Time: Wednesday 13 October, till 12 Midnight
Venue: The Big Chill Bar
Address: Dray Walk off Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Tel: 020 7392 9180
Nearest tube: Liverpool Street

Read Gonnie's draft of House Music: The Haçienda Must Be Built

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"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."

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