3 Oct 2007
Heart & Soul 
from xfmmanchester.co.uk:

'Heart & Soul'; the Story of Ian Curtis and Control.

This Sunday (7 October 2007) from 13:00 BST on XFM Manchester, a one hour special. Available online and with a podcast to follow...

We are honoured that Bernard, Hooky and Stephen have all contributed to this radio documentary at length and in-depth; hear them talk about forming Joy Division, recording and gigging, and revealing exclusively their thoughts about Ian Curtis, his character, his genius, his inner turmoil and his tragic death. Alongside Martin Moscrop from A Certain Ratio, the team behind the film 'Control' are among the other contributors.

It's an intriguing and important story, and the personal testimonies we've recorded from the surviving members of the band are amazing; it'll be a very memorable hour.

More details at from xfmmanchester.co.uk - the station can be found in the Manchester area on 97.7FM, but also available to listen to online worldwide(there's also a 'listen again' facility online which will store the show for seven days from Sunday and access is through the website). Also it'll be available as a podcast via iTunes from Sunday. Check the website for details.

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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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