28 Jul 2009
A FACT A FIRST 
There is a poster for FA 1 New Order / Ike Yard gig at the Ukrainian National Home, New York, 19 November 1981 which was filmed for the FACT 77 Taras Shevchenko video.

Until recently it was thought that the Factory America catalogue number didn't actually appear on anything physical. However, there was a poster which bears the "A FACT A FIRST" denotion. The poster design was a collaboration between Michael Shamberg and Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright. Stuart did the handwritten elements including the scrawled "NEW ORDER".

Many thanks to Mike Stein for his detective work and photography and to Stuart Argabright for shedding light on the history.

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27 Jul 2009
You're Entitled To An Opinion - the book launch 
A reminder of the book launch for David Nolan's You're Entitled To An Opinion - The High Times and Many Lives of Tony Wilson, Factory Records and The Haçienda which is at Marple Library on Thursday 30 July 2009 at 19:00 BST.

You are invited to come along and hear David talk about his book and the research he did with local people into the early life of Tony Wilson when he lived in Marple. You will be able to buy a signed copy of David’s book for a great price too!

The evening is free but you will need to book your free ticket to ensure a place.

Please contact the Reader Development Team on 0161 474 5751 or email readers@stockport.gov.uk

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Marple Library
Memorial Park
Marple
Stockport SK6 6BA

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16 Jul 2009
Rocking the Blue Plaques 
Peter Hook and Section 25 are set to repeat their recent live collaborations at (and for) the Back Door Music Project, Smith Street, Rochdale on 23 September 2009.

The gig will be the climax of the day's events surrounding the unveiling of blue plaques on the Kenion Street site of the Cargo/Suite 16 recording studio and the Tractor Sound Studios in nearby Heywood.

Support will come from Safety Pins, Tin Griffin and Rhythms of Rochdale, with DJ sets by Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets), Martin Coogan (Mock Turtles) and John Robb (Goldblade).

Further details to follow.

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Where will it end? 
"Joy Division gear is badass", apparently.



Judge for yourself as yet more Unknown Pleasures oven gloves are previewed on hypebeast.

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8 Jul 2009
Shadowplayers - The Book 
Next year will see the publication by Aurum of James Nice's book Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records. The book is set to be published in Spring 2010 and will feature a foreword from Jon Savage.

Nice's LTM label's dvd documentary Shadowplayers, tracing the early history of Factory Records between 1978 and 1981, was released in 2006.

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Massey's Moonlanding @ Islington Mill 
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission

Sunday 19 July 2009

Featuring live performances from:

BITING TONGUES (Factory Records)
MAYMING
PADDY STEER (Homelife/ Red Deer Club Records)
LA77 (Timbreland Records)
THE MATT HALSALL Space Jazz Trio
MASSONIX (Skam Records)

The Mercury Seven DJ Team feat:
GRAHAM MASSEY
KELVIN BROWN (Eyes Down/Electric Chair)
JOHN McCREADY
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Islington Mill
James Street
Salford
M3 5HW

5.00/8.00 GBP

In order to celebrate 40 years since man first stepped off the earth and onto the moon, we bring you a space cabaret. Numerous musicians will perform one-off interpretations of the space pioneers and visual artists from across the country will transform Islington Mill into a journey through the start. In addition there will be a Lunar Module Ceremony, in which various model makers have been invited to reconstruct “The Eagle”. But will she fly?

Details are as follows:

BITING TONGUES – back from their own 30 years in deep space. You sent them out there – now hear a full mission report.

A COMPLETE HISTORY OF SPACE MUSIC

Various artists will address the music of the space pioneers:

- May Ming reinterpret Les Baxter’s Music Out of the Moon (chosen as Neil Armstrong’s personal cassette on the Apollo 11 mission)
- Paddy Steer recalibrates music from Joe Meek’s “I Hear a New World”
- LA77 rewires Dick Hyman's "Moon gas"
- Matt Halsall plugs in his trumpet for some Classic Space Jazz
- Ken Hollings connects suburbia to outer space in his lecture "Welcome to Mars"
- Massonix will perform "Pulsars", a suite for radio waves from the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope

LUNAR MODULE CEREMONY

We have invited various model makers to reconstruct "The Eagle". But will she fly? "You've got a bunch of guys about to turn blue!"

The Mercury Seven a DJ team brought together from a rigorous selection process of clinical, endurance and psychological testing. Who will be first in orbit: Kelvin Brown, Graham Massey, John McCready, LA77? Only four survived.

RECLAIM THE MOON

Aware of the fact that NASA's free footage has been used to death in trippy visuals from the 1960s through to the present day, we will celebrate its overuse by using it to death. It's all we've got left!

Visuals by Soup Collective – Royal College of Art Moving Image Collective

Conspiracists and doubters: we provide a room for your turgid debates (the anechoic chamber at Salford University).

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You're Entitled to a Book Launch 
Stockport Library and Information Service is very proud to welcome local author David Nolan who is launching his latest book You're Entitled To An Opinion - The High Times and Many Lives of Tony Wilson, Factory Records and The Haçienda (yes, the title has changed again and now it's published by John Blake Publishing), Marple Library on Thursday 30 July 2009 at 19:00 BST.

You are invited to come along and hear David talk about his book and the research he did with local people into the early life of Tony Wilson when he lived in Marple. You will be able to buy a signed copy of David’s book for a great price too!

The evening is free but you will need to book your free ticket to ensure a place.

Please contact our the Reader Development Team on 0161 474 5751 or email readers@stockport.gov.uk

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Marple Library
Memorial Park
Marple
Stockport SK6 6BA

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7 Jul 2009
Four Factory Records 
From thedurutticolumn.com:

The next album release by The Durutti Column is a 6-CD limited edition box set on Kooky Records entitled 'Four Factory Records'. Containing the first four classic albums released on Factory Records, all newly remastered by Keir Stewart from the original master tapes, the set comprises:

The Return Of The Durutti Column
LC
Another Setting
Without Mercy

There are also two very limited bonus CDs:

Demos/Studio - demos, versions and outtakes from the period
Live - recordings from London, Glasgow, and Brighton 82/84

All this plus a package of interviews with the key protagonists from the period including Vini Reilly, Bruce Mitchell, John Metcalfe, Keir Stewart and Tim Kellett.

Advance copies will be available for sale at the Manchester International Festival shows 15-17 July 2009. It will then be available in all good record shops (actual and virtual) and direct from Kooky from September 2009. The project will be a total edition of 1,000 copies of which a limited number will include the two bonus discs.

Kooky has tried to make this lavish package available at a sensible price. If you can't make the MIF shows, please check back at the end of July when Kooky will start taking pre-orders for mail order.

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1 Jul 2009
Pure Future Hacienda 
The Haçienda and Pure Culture proudly present
Pure Future Haçienda Festival (The 5th Anniversary)
@ Trakai Castle, Trakai, Lithuania
FAC 51 Special Guests: Sasha and John Digweed (Back To Back)
With Jon Dasilva (The Haçienda)

Saturday 1 August 2009

www.purefuture.co.uk

Tickets available from www.bilietai.lt and from the same site English and on Facebook

Yes, that's Sasha and John Digweed back to back supported by Jon Dasilva in a stunning 14th century Lithuanian Castle. It's the fifth anniversary of the do which is limited to 4,000 people.

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Red Turns To live @ The Studio, Manchester 
Red Turns To continue their comeback with a support slot for Martin Bramah's (ex-The Fall) new group Factory Star at their gig at The Studio in Manchester on Thursday 9 July 2009. Tickets priced GBP 6.00 (excluding booking fee) are available now from Piccadilly Records, Manchester, or for 8.00 on the door.

Doors: 19:30 BST

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The Studio (formerly The Late Room)
23 Peter Street
Manchester M2 5QR

myspace.com/redturnsto

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ACR live in Leeds 
Following hot on the heels of their recent triumphant London gig, A Certain Ratio play Brudenell Social Club in Leeds this Saturday 4 July.

Tickets are still available priced 13.00 adv / 15.00 door [GBP] from Crash Records, Jumbo Records, Seetickets and Wegottickets (Booking fees may apply)

Doors 19:30 BST

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Brudenell Social Club
33 Queens Rd
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS6 1NY
0113 243 5866

More details at acrmcr.wordpress.com

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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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