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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"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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