8 Feb 2014
DJ Culture in the Mix launch night @ CDR 
DJ Culture in the Mix

This Sunday night at Plastic People in London sees the celebration of the launch of new book DJ Culture in the Mix, one of the co-editors of which is Gonnie Rietveld (co-founder of Quando Quango). The event forms part of the regular CDR night and will feature several of the authors, such as Tim Lawrence, Chris Christodoulou, Simon A. Morrison and Gonnie herself. It all starts at 7.30pm and admission is free.

Read more about the concept and development of the book at 333sound.com and buy it via Amazon.com.


Sunday 9 February 2014

Plastic People
147 Curtain Road

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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.

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