13 Jul 2005
Paul Morley & Tony Wilson @ Urbis 
This evening offers a unique opportunity to hear celebrated writer, broadcaster and musician Paul Morley in a conversation with Tony Wilson, the legendary TV journalist and music entrepreneur.

Wilson and Morley will be focusing on the Manchester punk scene's DIY aesthetic, reminiscing about regular haunts, recalling unfortunate fashion statements and debating the impact the Sex Pistols' gigs had on a huge array of Manchester bands.

The discussion promises to offer a distinctly acerbic, first hand perspective on one of the most important periods in Manchester’s cultural history, and will conclude with an in-depth question and answer session.

Wednesday 20th July
6.30 - 8.30pm
10.00 / 8.00 GBP

To purchase your tickets please call the Urbis hotline on 0161 605 8264 or visit the punk exhibition ticket desk 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."

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