25 Aug 2017
Octavo Redux - progress report 
Octavo Redux - progress report

Here is an Update via Kickstarter / Unit Editions on the redux version of Octavo currently being prepared for publication.

Hamish Muir and Mark Holt are overseeing the final round of photography, with material that wasn’t included in the journal: subscription card mock-ups; full page proofs for ads in Eye magazine (1992/3); metal punches for numbering the Octavo boxed set; and other rarely seen stuff.
  • Retouching of images is underway
  • A foreword has been written by 8vo co-founder Simon Johnston
  • 10,000-word interview with Hamish and Mark has been edited
A final dummy has been ordered from the printer
Poster artwork completed
Bookmark designs completed

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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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