20 May 2005
'I Remember Nothing - A Joy Division Video Night' 
Thanks to Ian for the following details of the video night in Blackburn:

After an initial introduction, Tony Wilson came in with his dog (a Weimaraner like the one in the Blue Monday 88 video) to say a few words. There then followed the first part was shown of the The Joy Division Film by Malcolm Whitehead (Fac 9). Other highlights included outtakes and actual Eindhoven / Manchester footage from 'Here Are The Young Men', live Granada TV clips, various interviews including ones with Ian Curtis, Martin Hannett and Rob Gretton, live performance from Plan K where Hook and Sumner swapped guitars and played Atrocity Exhibition, Bowdon Vale footage. As final bonuses there was the 7-minute short 'She's Lost Control' and the 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' promo.

Also for sale was the 'She's Lost Control' footage which came as a dvd in a seethrough case priced 5 pounds.

Ian says: "The night was great. A few sound problems where a wire came loose but apart from that a great night with lots of rare footage and interesting interviews. Would love to see this footage released officially." Here, here.

Time: 8pm for 8.30pm including a 15 min break. Finisshed about 10:30pm
Tickets: 5 pounds on door
Barzooka
70 Victoria Street
Blackburn BB1 6DN

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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.

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