12 Jun 2011
Tony Wilson Interviews @ Purcell Room 16/6 
[UPDATED] Paul Morley returns to the Purcell Room on London's South Bank this Thursday 16 June for the second of his Tony Wilson Interviews. Morley will continue his exploration of the man Tony Wilson in the eyes of those who knew him.

Special musical guests for the evening are Kevin Hewick (who will be playing part of a 4-song cycle he is developing about his personal view of Factory, the people and the legacy) and OMD who will be playing as a duo (McCluskey/Humphreys).

Mancunian poet Mike Garry will also reprise his poem Saint Anthony which he performed at the first of these events in October 2010.

The event, which is notionally part of Meltdown 2011, is pretty much sold out.

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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."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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