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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"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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