18 Mar 2006
Peter Saville on Manchester - the original modern city 
Peter Saville recently talked to mad.co.uk about his ongoing work to "brand" Manchester. In this brief extract he explains what constitutes "original and modern":

"My work for Manchester was to plot a direction for the brand - which to me was the serious approach. The Guardian for example, is an original and modern newspaper. Manchester United is the original and modern sporting club. It's a good way to describe things from Manchester that have distinguished themselves. The Trade Union movement started there. The first computer was developed there. There are many stories through which the values of originality and modernity are interwoven. There's the story of the music scene – and my own part in it with Factory and the Hacienda."

Reads the full article here.

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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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