1 Jun 2008
Gig in Japan 
I Remember Nothing - Martin O'Neill's exhibition of photographs taken during Joy Division's Bowden Vale Youth Club concert in March 1979 - moves to Japan next week, beginning a two week stint at the Tokyo Hipsters Club on Saturday 7 June 2008.

Martin also celebrates 30 years as a photographer with a new book, a summer exhibition of photographs taken around Eccles in 1977 and a slideshow.

'Don't Miss This' will shortly be available from London's The Photographers Gallery, Manchester's Cornerhouse or from Martin himself.

The exhibition will be shown at Eccles Library, date tbc.



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A Certain Ratio

"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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