17 Nov 2007
Culture shows 
Peter Saville made several references to a recent working visit to the Bauhaus during the course of Thursday evening, which made your Northern correspondent ponder how one might go about getting such sabbaticals.

Simple. Get asked by a flagship BBC weekly arts programme to contribute a piece to the current series and the doors will surely be opened for you.

Peter Saville's Bauhaus busman's holiday is scheduled to be shown on The Culture Show Saturday 24 November 2007 at 19.10.

There's hope yet for the moist visit to the Roland museum. If it ever exists.

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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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