20 Mar 2010
Exhibition on Heywood's musical legacy 
The Music Artefact Exhibition featuring Joy Division and John Peel related artefacts is back at Heywood Library foyer for around six weeks. Admission is totally free.

The exhibition covers the links between recording studios in Heywood and Rochdale recording studios, Joy Division and John Peel is back in the foyer of Heywood Library foyer by popular demand. It was originally opened by Peter Hook and Chris Hewitt on 23 September 2009 on the day of the unveiling of two new music blue plaques. The exhibition could only run until early November owing to prior commitments by the library display area.

But now it is back for another six weeks and includes exhibits about the musical heritage of Heywood and Rochdale, links to John Peel and Joy Division (including equipment used by them and Martin Hannett), the history of the Seven Stars as a music venue, other local rock groups, Wigwam Acoustics, the Imaginary record label, Deeply Vale Festivals and much more.

Heywood Library
Church Street
OL10 1LL

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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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