8 Jul 2009
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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A Certain Ratio

"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."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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