9 Apr 2011
A Tribute to Tony Wilson (Part 2) 
Paul Morley continues his tribute to Tony Wilson at the Purcell Rooms in London on Thursday 16 June as part of Meltdown 2011. He will be talking to some of those who knew and worked with Tony Wilson in a similar vein to the event held last October 2010. As well as featuring live music and poet Mike Garry, the evening also includes unreleased footage by Carol Morley, who filmed Anthony H Wilson in Manchester in 2005. At time of going to press the exact nature of the live music element this time round is still to be confirmed.


A Tribute To Tony Wilson
with Paul Morley and Mike Garry
Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London
Thursday 16 June 2011

The film contains some strong language, and parental guidance is recommended.

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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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