23 Oct 2008
1 Top Class Launch Event 
The official book launch party for 1 Top Class Manager will be held at One Central Street in Manchester on Tuesday 4 November 2008. Admission is free.

The full running order is:

7pm: Doors
8pm: Jon Savage talks about Rob and the book
8.30pm - late: Dave Rofe, John McCready and Benedict Gretton play records from Rob's own collection

The book 1 Top Class Manager will be available to buy on the night and Lesley Gilbert, Abigail Ward and the rest of the team behind the book will be available to answer any questions.


One Central Street
1 Central Street
Manchester M2 5WR



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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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