16 Feb 2006
Manchester v Cancer - the photo exhibition at Vox Pop, Manchester 
There is an exhibition of Mick Rock Prints on now at Vox Pop on Thomas St in Manchester city centre. It continues for another week and a bit. Mick Rock he was the only photographer allowed backstage at Manchester v Cancer and it's the only time ever that these prints will be seen together because they will then be auctioned to raise more cash.

40 local Manchester artists also painted iconic images which were signed by artist and will appear in the basement of Hedonist Hair Salon on Tib St by the start of next week.

Great Northern Productions are preparing for the DVD release of the Manchester v Cancer concert, all the proceeds of which will go to the Gene Therapy Unit at the Christie Hospital. There is not a set date for release yet.

Thanks to Tom @ Great Northern.

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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."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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