21 Jun 2005
'My Life As A Fairy Tale' ticket update 
From the House of Tomorrow newsletter:

Single ticket sales are now open for 'My Life as a Fairy Tale', Stephin Merritt (The 6ths) and Chen Shi-Zheng's operatic work based on the life and work of Hans Christian Andersen. Performances are at 8pm on 27, 29 & 30 July at New York's Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.

More info at lincolncenter.org

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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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