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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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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