25 Mar 2006
Manchester Music meets Rockin' Rochdale 
Manchester District Music Archive, Chris Hewitt/Ozit Morpheus Records, and Touchstones Rochdale present Manchester Music meets Rockin' Rochdale.

Saturday 8 April from 12:30pm till 4pm at Touchstones Exhibition Centre, Rochdale. Entrance is absolutely free.

As well as introducing / unveiling extra items into the Rockin' Rochdale Exhibition for the last couple of weeks on Saturday 8 April this will be a special event including John Crompton's and Bob Jones's film "The rise and fall of The Nosebleeds" a superb documentary about Manchester band Ed Banger and The Nosebleeds and rare film footage of Vini Reilly of The Durutti Column jamming with Martin Hannett and Steve Hopkins, Lisa Stansfield backed by Rochdale band The Directors posters the late and great blind Rochdale guitarist Tony Crabtree. Plus vintage poster from the Manchester Music scene of the 70's and 80's and live acoustic performances from Guitar George Borowski, The Cougars (unplugged acoustic blues), and Pete Farrow.

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Peter Saville colour wheel
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