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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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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