14 Jan 2014
Richard Boon live on stage with Dave Haslam 
More MDMArchive action, this time it's Richard Boon live onstage in conversation with Dave Haslam at Gorilla, Manchester on Thursday 13 February 2014.

Richard Boon isn't just an important eye-witness to Manchester's music scene, but also a major player and an influential figure, with the inside story of one of the most glorious eras of Manchester music.

He was the Buzzcocks' manager who founded New Hormones, the UK's first punk / post-punk independent record label and helped run the Beach Club.

New Hormones was an inspiration to later labels like Factory Records, and released records by artists including Biting Tongues, Dislocation Dance, Ludus and Eric Random.

The New Hormones office at 50 Newton St was also the home of gig promoters Wise Moves and 'City Fun' fanzine.

This is a free event, with an audience Q&A included. It's a great opportunity to hear Richard Boon describing and discussing early Sex Pistols gigs; working with Malcolm McLaren, Buzzcocks, and Linder Sterling; and plotting and planning with Mark E Smith, Jon Savage and Morrissey.

Admission is free but spaces are limited. Please register for guest list places by emailing: info@mdmarchive.co.uk with 'Richard Boon Event' in the subject field. Each guest should email us individually.

THIS EVENT IS FUNDED BY HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND.

More info at the Facebook Event and mdmarchive.co.uk.

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Thursday 13 February 2014
6.45pm for 7.30pm

Gorilla
54-56 Whitworth St West
Manchester M1 5WW

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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.

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