11 Sep 2007
When We Were Thin 
The launch of 'When We Were Thin: Music, Madness & Manchester', the new book by CP Lee takes place at Urbis on 12 October 2007 from 18:00.

The evening also features a screening of a film of the legendary Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias (a group which also featured Bruce Mitchell of The Durutti Column) live in concert.

Admission is free. If you send an email to books@itsahotun.com with your name and how many people you want in you will get an email back and be promised a surprise gift on arrival.


18:00 - Doors
18:30 - CP Lee and some Berts do a ramble
19:00 - Screening Albertos In Concert
22:00 - Short reading plus book signing and more sights and sounds

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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)

The Durutti Column