24 May 2007
Urbis launch for Who Killed Martin Hannett? 
Colin Sharp's book 'Who killed Martin Hannett?' will be launched at Urbis in Manchester on 25 July 2007.

Colin, announcing the event on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board, said: "There will be a panel of writers/musicians talking about Martin, Factory Records and all things late 70s, early 80s in Manchester. Then I will be playing Hannett's greatest hits and some obscure Hannett stuff too and there will be food, drink, memories and cerebral networking!"

Tickets go on sale soon from Urbis


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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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