14 Jun 2006
FAC 461: Launch Event @ Central Saint Martins 
Factory Records founder Tony Wilson, Peter Saville, Pat Carroll (of Central Station Design), and author Matthew Robertson discuss the visual legacy of Factory at an event chaired by Rick Poynor. This event is at the Central Saint Martins Cochrane Theatre in Holborn, London.

Tickets: GBP 10/5 conc
Box Office: 020 7269 1606

Monday 19 June 2006

Central Saint Martins
Cochrane Theatre
Southampton Row
London WC1B 4AP

'Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album' By Matthew Robertson
Foreword by Tony Wilson

"Central Saint Martins is delighted to host the UK launch of 'Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album', the definitive guide to the diverse and vital design legacy of the Manchester-based label.

After a foreword from the man most closely associated with Factory, Tony Wilson, and an introduction that explores the label's role in bringing design into the mainstream, the book is organized as a more or less chronological catalogue. Every item with one of the famous Factory inventory numbers is illustrated or listed, including album sleeves, singles, special editions, flyers, posters, stationery and architectural projects."

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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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