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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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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The Durutti Column