11 Sep 2007
Factory: Manchester from Joy Division to Happy Mondays 
BBC Four's new documentary film about Factory Records is now confirmed for broadcast on Friday 21 September at 21:00. The 90 minute film directed by Chris Rodley is titled 'Factory: Manchester from Joy Division to Happy Mondays'.

The film will be shown as part of the 2007 Electric Proms. The screening takes place on Sunday 28 October 2007, 16:45, at FreeDM Studio, The Roundhouse, Camden, London. Registration for free tickets opens at 12:00 tomorrow, Wednesday 12 September 2007.

Also, a BBC 4 website (exact address to be confirmed) is due to go online in the next few days and will have some extra interview material with Tony Wilson that is not in the film.

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"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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