1 May 2009
The North Will Rise Again: Manchester Music City 1978-2008 
John Robb Book Launch & In Conversation to celebrate the launch of John Robb's new book The North Will Rise Again: Manchester Music City 1978-2008.

Urbis
Manchester
Tuesday 5 May
7pm - Midnight

The Social will be open for drinks and a selection of John Robb's Manchester Tunes.

Tickets £2 Available from the Urbis Shop or call 0161 605 8220

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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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