28 Nov 2007
Salford Vue 
The Salford premiere of Grant Gee's Joy Division rockumentary took place last night at Vue cinema in the Lowry shopping centre - a tram stop away from JD's first rehearsal room above The Black Swan pub in nearby Weaste (A thing that certainly isn't there).

Original band members Peter Hook, Steve Morris and Terry Mason were joined in the packed cinema by Gillian Gilbert, Twinny, Natalie Curtis, Alan Hempsall, Mick Middles, Lindsay Reade, Leroy Richardson, Martin O'Neill, Rebecca Boulton, Brian Nicholson, David Nolan and many others.

The film was followed by a mini-Q&A session covering such diverse topics as whether JD ever played live on a Liverpudlian TV show (no), whether the band have any further JD recordings to release (they have an early Warsaw gig, but not for release) and what drugs to take when listening Unknown Pleasures (next question).

Thanks to Mick for the wine (!) and Cath for the beers. Review (still) to follow.

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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...

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