17 Nov 2007
Tony Wilson - officially a national treasure 
Luke Bainbridge, writing on the Observer Music Monthly, reports that a photographic portrait of Tony Wilson by Kevin Cummins is set to be hung in the National Portrait Gallery as Portrait of the Month for December. After that, it will form part of the permanent collection. The photo, featuring AHW in amongst the pillars of the Haçienda dancefloor, was chosen from many submitted since Wilson died in August.

In addition, limited edition prints with proceeds going to charity are available as follows:

"With the blessing of Wilson's partner Yvette Livesey, Kevin Cummins is producing a limited edition of signed prints that will be sold with proceeds going to Manchester Royal Infirmary (Kidneys for Life charity) and Christie's Hospital (which was were Wilson himself was treated).

The prints are handmade 16 x 20 inch gelatin silver archive photographic prints in an edition of 30, signed by Kevin Cummins. The prints cost 450 GBP (incl VAT) each plus 10 GBP P&P (in the EU). Anyone interested should email kevin@kevincummins.co.uk

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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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