25 Nov 2008
Ed Templeton: Map of the Inner War 
Skateboarding legend (and Factory Too designer) Ed Templeton's latest gallery showing has opened at Roberts & Tilton in Los Angeles. Titled 'Map of the Inner War', it features some 250 new works including painting, sculpture, photography, and works on paper. The show runs through 13 December 2008.

If you're not in L.A., SuperTouch has a new wide-ranging in-depth interview with Templeton with a large gallery of his artwork.

But if you are in Madrid, the travelling 'Beautiful Losers' exhibition (including pieces by Templeton and like-minded compatriots) has just touched down at La Casa Encendida and runs until 4 January 2009.

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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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