21 Sep 2008
The Will of the Underworld 
Recently released extracts from the forthcoming book 1 Top Class Manager: Rob Gretton - The Notebooks of Joy Division's manager, 1978-1980 reveal that rejected titles for Unknown Pleasures include Kinetic Outtake, House of Correction, Symptoms of Collapse, Bureau of Change, Convulsive Therapy, The Aura and On the Threshold of Collapse.

The book is published on 7 October 2008 with pre-orders now being taken.

It 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.

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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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