23 Jan 2009
You're Entitled To An Opinion 
David Nolan, author of I Swear I Was There: The Gig That Changed The World, Confusion: Joy Division, Electronic And New Order Vs The World and regular Scream City contributor has a new book about Tony Wilson out in the spring.

You're Entitled To An Opinion - The Lives and Times of Tony Wilson (available to pre-order now on Amazon) features more than 40 interviewees, covers all aspects of Tony's life and career and was written with the co-operation of Tony's partner Yvette Livesey.

A donation will be made to The Christie Hospital for each copy sold.

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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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