28 Apr 2006
Torn Apart: The Life of Ian Curtis - out 30 April 
'Torn Apart', the long-awaited book by Mick Middles and Lindsay Read about the life of Ian Curtis is published in hardback on 30 April. The 400 page book is published by Omnibus Press and examines "his life, his work, his relationships and the cultural environment in which he lived and died".

ISBN: 1844498263
Buy it now from Amazon.co.uk

Sticking with Joy Division, Jake Kennedy's book 'Joy Division and the making of Unknown Pleasures' is currently on sale at Fopp for a miserly 2.99 GBP. The book tells the story of the making of Joy Division's debut album and is #9 in the Vinyl Frontier series.

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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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