22 Apr 2010
Kevin Cummins - Manchester Poster Set 
Blanka, the online gallery and permanent visual archive, has produced a special Manchester Poster Set designed by Wallzo. The unique, dual-layer piece features Kevin Cummins's iconic photograph of Morrissey on the Rochdale Canal which adorns the front cover of his book Manchester: Looking for the Light through the Pouring Rain.

The A1-size poster is printed on 170gsm PhoeniXmotion stock and is overlaid with a top sheet featuring a quote by Chris Lethbridge, printed in blue and white ink on GF Smith Transclear semi-opaque stock. Each set is signed by Kevin Cummins.

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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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