11 May 2007
Peter Saville's Estate not yet bequeathed 
JRP/Ringier has delayed publication of the already-long-awaited Peter Saville book 'Estate' which was due this month. The new publication date is not known (which is always a bad sign).

Fans of Saville, typography and graphic design in general may be interested to know that a new Jan Tschichold monograph is coming out and it is the first serious book to deal with his avant garde posters of the man most famous for Die Neue Typographie (The New Typography), an acknowledged influence on Saville.

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Martijn F. LeCoutre
Alston W. Purvis
Jan Tschichold: Posters of the Avantgarde
Published by Birkhaüser, Switzerland

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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.

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