21 Jul 2005
In Conversation with Paul Morley and Anthony Wilson @ Urbis last night 
Around one hundred people attended the first Urbis 'Punk' exhibition event last night: 'In Conversation with Paul Morley and Anthony Wilson'. The relatively short (but expensive) evening was attended by 'Forward Music' associates Tosh Ryan and Bruce Mitchell, local radio hero Mike Shaft, authors Mick Middles and Lindsay Reade, photographer Aidan O'Rourke and OMMCR. Full review to follow but in the meantime check out a small photo gallery.

Future scheduled 'Punk' events include 'An Evening with Buzzcocks' Howard Devoto & Pete Shelley, featuring Richard Boon' on Friday 12 August, 'Fanzines R Us with Bob Dickinson and Liz Naylor' on Thursday 18 August and 'Hugh Cornwell 'A Multitude of Sins' acoustic performance and readings from his autobiography' on Friday 2 September.

'Punk: Sex, Seditionaries and the Sex Pistols' has been extended until 11 September at Urbis.

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A Certain Ratio

"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."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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