11 Oct 2009
Workshy Fopp 
There was good turnout for Hooky's book signing session to promote The Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club at the resurrected Fopp on Earlham Street on Friday evening. With the man himself (accompanied by Kevin Cummins and a few Hacienda art prints) being fashionably late there were approaching 100 people in the top-floor queue by the time he arrived. And by the time he left the evening had been so successful that there were no copies of the book left!

The following morning Hooky made an appearance on Soccer AM which he regaled with several FAC/football anecdotes including the one about the aborted World In Motion 2002.

Then it was off further westwards to Bristol for another signing session. And this Thursday he may be found at the Off The Shelf festival in Sheffield for a Q&A and DJ set.

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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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