18 Jun 2006
FAC 461 Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album 
The FAC 461 book launch event at Central Saint Martins tomorrow is sold out but there will be a second event in Manchester on Thursday 13 July which will include a panel discussion at Urbis. Meanwhile, there has been plenty of publicity for the book including bits in Time Out, The Independent Saturday Magazine 17 June, GQ (July 2006 issue), The Guardian (Friday 16 June issue).

Also, Tony Wilson will be on BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright in the Afternoon. AHW will discuss the book, Factory Records and other current projects.

Finally, Tony Wilson and Peter Saville will be talking about the book on Later With Jools Holland this coming Friday 23 June (BBC 2).

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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)

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