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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"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."

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