6 Feb 2006
FAC 481 - The making of Manchester 
The 27 January 2006 edition of Building magazine is the somewhat unlikely source for a completely new FAC number. However, Tony Wilson along with partner Yvette Livesey, have guest edited the magazine which carries the headline "Oh Manchester: A special issue of Building edited by Tony Wilson and Yvette Livesey and starring Britain's most dynamic city".

In the article 'The making of Manchester', architectural editor Martin Spring talks to AHW about his new role as a "regeneration adviser" and his plans for Manchester. The official Factory catalogue number FAC 481 has been assigned to the issue of the magazine. Further articles on how Manchester is evolving are entitled '24 Hour Construction City', 'Greater Expectations' and 'How It Used To Be'.

Read the full article on building.co.uk [free registration required]

Thanks to Martin Spring and to Blue's Blog for originally spotting.



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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.

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