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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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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