5 Sep 2008
1 Top Class Manager 
'1 Top Class Manager' is a collection of Rob Gretton's working notebooks kept during his time as Joy Division's manager.

It condenses twenty-odd notebooks into one volume, and also contains posters, letters, invoices and studio notes, all dating from August 1978 to late 1980. It is a full-colour, 220-page softback, with a foreword by Jon Savage. The initial run will be strictly limited to 1500 copies. Design is by John Coulthart with Lesley Gilbert and Abigail Ward.

The book is expected to be released "on or around" 14 October 2008 and will be available to buy through 1topclassmanager.co.uk priced at 20.00 GBP (+ P&P) or over the counter at the Vinyl Exchange record shop in Manchester.

The book will be available to pre-order from 8 September 2008.

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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.

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