14 Sep 2005
Rochdale Rocks @ Touchstones Centre, Rochdale from 22 October 
From the Manchester District Music Archive, mdmarchive.com:

An exhibition entitled 'Rochdale Rocks - a history of popular music in Rochdale from Middleton to Milnrow' opens at the Touchstones Centre, Rochdale on 22 October 2005. Clint Boon of Inspiral Carpets, who went to Art College in Rochdale, will open the exhibition.

The exhibition will encompass: The Deeply Vale festivals of the 1970s, Rochdale recording studios including Cargo, Suite Sixteen and John Peel's Dandelion studios and much more.

Bands and artists that came to Rochdale to record such as The Fall, Joy Division, The Teardrop Explodes, The Durutti Column, Section 25, New Order et al.

The exhibition will feature record sleeves, photos, and written anecdotes about the legendary Rochdale scene.


Touchstones Centre
The Esplanade
OL16 1AQ
Tel: 01706 864986

Admission: Free

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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)

The Durutti Column