22 May 2006
I Swear I Was There - book launch @ Urbis, 8 June 6pm 
There is a talk / book launch / existential happening at Urbis in Manchester on 8 June at 6pm for 'I Swear I Was There: The Gig That Changed the World', the new book by David Nolan which is published on 1 June.

Nolan and CP Lee will be there talking about the Lesser Free Trade Hall. The event started as a thing for academics for Manchester University but has now got bigger and is now open to the general public too.

Tickets are available from Urbis.

An exhibition about the book will start on 5 June in the ground floor gallery at Urbis and is free.

David Nolan is also a guest on Tony Wilson's 'Talk of The Town' show on BBC Radio Manchester on Saturday 3 June at 11am.


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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.

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