6 Mar 2009
1 Top Class Competition 
Cerysmatic Factory, in association with 1 Top Class Manager and the Manchester District Music Archive, brings you a chance to win a copy of 1 Top Class Manager: The Notebooks of Joy Division's manager 1978-1980 together with a special pack of goodies.

The full prize is:

- the book 1 Top Class Manager signed by Lesley Gilbert (with personal dedication if required)
- a unique A1 artwork print proof
- a full set of 1 Top Class Manager badges
- a limited edition postcard

All you have to do it send an email to info@1topclassmanager.co.uk with the subject "Rob Gretton competition". The closing deadline for entries is Friday 27 March 2009. At the close of the competition a winner will be picked out of the hat at random.

1 Top Class Manager is still available to buy direct from 1topclassmanager.co.uk priced 20.00 GBP + p&p. The book is a collection of Rob Gretton's working notebooks kept during his time as Joy Division's manager.
It condenses twenty notebooks into one volume, and also contains posters, letters, invoices, diaries and studio notes, dating from August 1978 to late 1980. It is a full-colour, 220-page softback with a foreword by Jon Savage.

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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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