3 Oct 2009
Support the starving artist 
Cerysmatic attended the London book launch for Manchester: Looking for the Light through the Pouring Rain by Kevin Cummins on Thursday 1 October 2009 at the Amuti Gallery near Russell Square in London.

A good crowd including Mike Pickering, Mark Farrow, Paul Morley, Richard Boon, Pete Shelley, Noel Gallagher and Gonnie Rietveld celebrated the culmination of five years hard work in style.

Thanks to Kevin Cummins, Richard Boon, Paul Morley and Pete Shelley for collectively making the draw for the winner of the recent Kevin Cummins competition (commemorative pic included).

Congratulations to Richard Shepherd who wins a copy of the book together with a set of posters. Thanks for all your many entries. The answers were: 1. b. Paul Morley, 2. The author is of course a fan of Manchester City FC and 3. Buzzcocks (Nov 77).

Meanwhile, a new event has been added to Kevin's busy promotional schedule, this time as part of In The City 2009 in Manchester.

DJ Dave Haslam and Live Images by Kevin Cummins
ITC Official Fringe Event

Sunday 18 October 2009
10.15-11pm Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford, M3 6AN
FREE entry

Presented By FMS Promotions

Part of Shouting from the Sidelines
3 nights of Independent Music
18-20 October 2009
Free Entry

This aftershow event - which follows an evening of local Manchester bands (5.30-10pm) combines iconic music from DJ Dave Haslam with an AV live mix of the iconic images of Kevin Cummins. Two great legends of the Manchester music scene join together for one of the must see after show parties of this years ITC music festival.

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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."

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