1 Nov 2005
The Designer and the Grid and the New Alphabet 
The Designer and the Grid by Lucien Roberts and Julia Thrift is a design book that has been around for a while but has recently been republished. Interestingly for FAC fans, this variant of the cover design is set in Wim Crouwels "The New Alphabet" (the same type as the FAC 213 Joy Division 'Atmosphere' sleeve). Furthermore, the book features a good 3 or 4 pages dedicated to Hamish Muir and the use of Grids by 8vo. Meanwhile, 8vo's monograph 'On The Outside' is supposed to be out this week.

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Thanks to C.

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"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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