13 Feb 2012
Exemplar: Joy Division Q&A 
Peter Hook and Kevin Cummins will be in conversation with compere Kevin Sampson on Thursday 23 February from 6 to 9pm at the Manchester Photographic Gallery where Cummins's Joy Division: Exemplar exhibition has just been extended. Tickets, limited to just 100 places, are available at the gallery at its new 6 Tariff Street, Manchester location or by emailing bookings@manchesterphotographic.com with your name and a contact telephone number to take telephone payments.

Kevin is also hosting a photography masterclass at the gallery on Saturday 25 February.

This is the same day that Peter Hook and The Light will perform both Unknown Pleasures and Closer at the Four Four Time festival at Buxton Opera House. Tickets are still available priced £18-20.

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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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