24 Dec 2008
It was almost a year ago that Lindsay Reade first brought maverick genius producer Martin Hannett's "totally unmarked grave" to the attention of the Factory community, prompting both numerous and generous offers of support.

Now, eighteen years after his death, Hannett's final resting place finally has a memorial headstone.

Moist was privileged to be invited to a small gathering of twenty or so people - including Peter Hook, Lindsay, Alan Erasmus, Tosh Ryan and Bruce Mitchell - at Manchester's Southern Cemetery on Friday 19th December to mark the occasion.

Despite the inclement weather, the gathering was a jovial affair culminating in a short dedication by CP Lee.

Cerysmatic also received the following message from Lindsay herself:

"Special thanks to Hooky...many thanks to those who all helped make it possible.
Best wishes Lindsay".

Click here to see a recently-published video of the great man explaining the basics of his art to an enthusiastic television reporter, Mr Anthony H Wilson, back in 1980.

Unity gain!



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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."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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