21 Oct 2017
The Durutti Column, I-Beam, San Francisco 
The Durutti Column live at I-Beam, San Francisco, 3 November 1986

the durutti column
monday 3rd november 1986

I BEAM
doors 9pm
over 21
admit one
$7 adv.

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Original ticket which belonged to Tony Wilson (from the AHW collection) for gig by The Durutti Column at I-Beam in San Francisco on Monday 3 November 1986. This was on the same North American tour as notable gigs at El Mocambo in Toronto and The Bottom Line in NYC.

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The Gay Traitor and Kim Philby 
Anthony Blunt

Negative photograph of Anthony Blunt as featured on the Gay Traitor cocktail bar list from FAC 51 The Haçienda.

Kim Philby

Annotated photograph of Kim Philby (after whom the main bar in FAC 51 The Haçienda was named.

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A negative and photograph from the AHW collection, presumably dating from the pre-FAC 51 era as it was being planned.

Blunt and Philby were infamous members of the Cambridge Five, a ring of spies who passed intelligence information to the Soviet Union during and after World War Two.

The third bar at the Haçienda, Hicks, was named after the cryptonym of Guy Burgess, another member of the Five.

Anthony Blunt

The Kim Philby Bar (neon sign as installed at FAC 491)

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Blue Monday and Bobby Orlando 


Eaton Music Limited
8 West Eaton Place, Belgravia
London SW1X 8LS


24 October 1983

The Managing Director
Factory Records
86 Palatine Road
Didsbury
Manchester 20

Dear Sir

Blue Monday

We control in the United Kingdom the rights in various compositions by Bobby Orlando including "Love Reaction" and "Passion".

An allegation has been made by Warner Bros Music Ltd. that the work "Love Reaction" was written in infringement of one of the copyrights they claim to own called "Blue Monday". You may already have received a letter from Messrs. Russells acting for Warner Bros. Music Ltd.

The allegation of infringement of copyright is untrue. Conversely, the writer of all the above works feels that "Blue Monday" was written in infringement of several of his works including not only those referred to above but also "Spys". His claim is being actively investigated and pursued, and we should therefore be grateful if you would place all royalties in respect of "Blue Monday" in suspense, pending resolution of the dispute. Please confirm to us that you have done so.

If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to let us know, and we will continue to keep you informed.

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Transcript of original letter to Factory Records concerning copyright issues around Blue Monday by New Order. From the AHW collection.

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20 Oct 2017
Factory Records boxed cassettes release schedule 
Factory Records boxed cassettes

CASSETTE PACKAGING

JOY DIVISION
Unknown Pleasures
FACT 10c

THE DURUTTI COLUMN
The Return of the Durutti Column
FACT 14c

A CERTAIN RATIO
The Graveyard
and the Ballroom
FACT 16c

A FACTORY QUARTET
FACT 24c

JOY DIVISION
Unknown Pleasures
FACT 25c

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Detail of typewritten release schedule on Factory Records stationery for early wave of Factory Records boxed cassette releases by Joy Division, The Durutti Column and A Certain Ratio. Note the mistake on FACT 25c which should be 'Closer' and not 'Unknown Pleasures'. Note also the listing of 'A Factory Quartet' which was originally planned but never happened.  However, physical tests were done and prototypes made.

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18 Oct 2017
Half the Wilson dream fulfilled by New Order 
Photo of Bernard Sumner in USA by Anthony H Wilson - What was I drinking last night? 7/11/81

Photo of Bernard Sumner in USA by Anthony H Wilson - What was I drinking last night? 7/11/81

Photo of Bernard Sumner in USA by Anthony H Wilson - "What was I drinking last night?7/11/81"

Photo of Peter Hook and Ozzie in USA by Anthony H Wilson - Peter in characteristic pose, Ozzie patiently awaits the next spliff, 7/11/81

Photo of Peter Hook and Ozzie in USA by Anthony H Wilson - Peter in characteristic pose, Ozzie patiently awaits the next spliff, 7/11/81

Photo of Peter Hook in USA by Anthony H Wilson - "Peter in characteristic pose, Ozzie patiently awaits the next spliff, 7/11/81"

Photo of Ruth Polsky by Anthony H Wilson - Half the Wilson dream fulfilled New Order on a palm-lined street in Pasadena - your agent is chuffed, 6/11/81

Photo of Ruth Polsky by Anthony H Wilson - Half the Wilson dream fulfilled New Order on a palm-lined street in Pasadena - your agent is chuffed, 6/11/81

Photo of Ruth Polsky by Anthony H Wilson - "Half the Wilson dream fulfilled New Order on a palm-lined street in Pasadena - your agent is chuffed, 6/11/81"

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Set of three annotated colour photos taken by AHW of New Order, Ozzie and their agent, the late Ruth Polsky in Pasadena, California, USA on 6-7 November 1981. From the AHW collection.




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16 Oct 2017
A change of pace - a change of style 
A change of pace - a change of style - Handwritten Factory Records release schedule for Late Winter / Spring / Early Summer 1984

FACTORY RECORDS

Releases Late Winter / Spring / Early Summer

EARLY MARCH

FAC 97 "ACT ON INSTINCT" STREETLIFE
12" single from Belgian Band led by Wally Van Middendorp

FAC 96 "TELSTAR" - AD INFINITUM
7" Reworking of classic antique. The lyrics are implicit and vocoded. Only available with special holographic sleeve

MARCH 29TH

FAC 88 "TALK ABOUT THE PAST" - THE WAKE
12" + 7" Single by Glasgow's hottest young things. Produced by Oz at Revolution Manchester. Extra Piano by Vini Reilly

APRIL

FACT 90 "FROM THE HIP" - SECTION 25
New Album from the seaside, a change of pace - a change of style. A Be Music production.

FAC 103 "THIEVES LIKE US" - NEW ORDER
12" Single De Chirico Reconstruction Sleeve. Engineered by Michael Johnson. B/W "Are you lonesome tonight". Instrumental Mix available B/W "Murder" from Factory Benelux.

FAC 92 "KEEP ON DANCING / REACH UP FOR LOVE" MARCEL KING
Double A 12" Single Sweet sensation dances out and back on a BeMusic - Dojo production.

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Handwritten Factory Records release schedule for Late Winter / Spring / Early Summer 1984 featuring Streetlife (not sure about the Belgian description), Ad Infinitum, The Wake, Section 25, New Order and Marcel King. From the AHW collection.

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15 Oct 2017
Night shifts to The Factory 
NIGHT SHIFTS TO THE FACTORY AT THE RUSSELL CLUB ROYCE ROAD MOSS SIDE

NIGHT SHIFTS TO
THE FACTORY
AT THE RUSSELL CLUB
ROYCE ROAD
MOSS SIDE

FRIDAY
9th JUNE
9.00 - 2.00

ORG 3
ASSEMBLY LINE-UP
FRANCIS/PETER
SHELLEY/ERIC
-THE TILLER BOYS

JOY DIVISION

DANCING TO REGGIE MUSIC

ART WORK BY LINDER

BUSES : 80, 81, 82, 84
265 267 256 257
62 63 112 113 76
263 259

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Flyer from the AHW collection by Linder for Joy Division and The Tiller Boys gig at The Factory, Royce Road, Moss Side, Manchester on Friday 9 June 1978. Note that this is one of the gigs featured on the FAC 1 poster designed by Peter Saville.

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14 Oct 2017
The all-night party just goes on 
Factory Records May 1980 release schedule

May 20, 1980

RELEASE SCHEDULE

Friday 23rd May
FAC 18 Section 25 "Girls Don't Count" 7" 45/33rpm
FACT 14 Durutti Column "Return"; new sleeve, reissue 12" 33rpm
FACT 16 A Certain Ratio "GAB"; new style plastic wallet case

Friday 30th May
FAC 28 Joy Division "Komakino" free flexi-disc 7" 45rpm

Friday 6th June
FAC 17 Crawling Chaos "Sex Machine" 7" 45 rpm

Friday 13th June
FAC 23 Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart" 7" 45/33rpm

Friday 27th June
FACT 25 Joy Division "Closer" 12" 33rpm

FACTORY RECORDS (US) INC SCHEDULE

Friday 30th May
FACTUS 1 Joy Division "Unknown Pleasures" P&D's by R.TradeUS

Friday 13th June
FACUS 2 Joy Division "She's Lost Control" 12" 45rpm by RTUS

Friday 4th July
FACTUS 3 The Durutti Column "The Return of...." 12" 33rpm (Antilles)

Friday 11th July
FACUS 4 A Certain Ratio "Do the Du (casse)" 12" 45rpm (Antilles)

With regards to recent events, we feel there is very little we want to say. The feelings of Ian's friends and colleagues are private and should remain so. We'd like to thank all the people who abet us in record production, the journalists, broadcasters and friends from other companies and bands who have expressed their sympathy. For the young people who loved the music, we hope that some of the above releases help with that empty feeling that we are all going through.

The all-night party just goes on.

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Transcript of Factory Records release schedule dated May 20, 1980 (2 days after the death of Ian Curtis) from the AHW archive.

View the full May 1980 release schedule.

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The Guitar and Other Machines Factory Benelux editions 
The Guitar and Other Machines

News via thedurutticolumn.com

Factory Benelux presents double vinyl and triple cd editions of classic Factory era album by The Durutti Column - The Guitar and Other Machines - which will be released on 12 January 2018.

The double vinyl features the original album on the first disc plus bonus live tracks (from the same period) recorded at the Bottom Line in NYC and the Womad Festival.

The 3CD edition duplicates (and adds to) the live tracks on CD3 and, on CD2, adds many associated recordings, including the rare Greetings 3 EP, Our Lady of the Angels, LFO Mod, Catos con Guantes, When the World, White Rabbit, and many more.

More details at:

The Guitar and Other Machines [FBN 204 CD]

The Guitar and Other Machines [FBN 204]

How to buy

Available direct from Factory Benelux Mailorder.

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A Paean To Wilson double blue vinyl edition 
A Paean To Wilson

News via thedurutticolumn.com:

17 November sees the release of a double blue vinyl edition of A Paean To Wilson. This new edition produced by Cargo Records in association with The Durutti Column. The packaging, credits and notes are similar to the 2LP edition produced by Kooky Records for Record Store Day 2013 in the UK (which is sold out). The main difference is that this 2017 edition does not include the envelope containing the Manchester International Festival programme and the large postcard featuring the original artwork which were include in RSD 2013 package. Please also note that the 'Heaven Sent' tracks offered via download with the RSD 2013 2LP or as CD2 in the original cd version (Kookydisc 29/2) are not included.

All profits go to the artist.

The 2CD version (with 'Heaven Sent' bonus disc) is available again via Cargo.

Finally, please also note that this is not technically a formal Kooky Records release but is rather a Cargo/Durutti co-production. However, it does bear the original catalogue number and packaging.

How to buy

A Paean To Wilson [Kooky Records/Cargo, 2LP blue vinyl] is available to pre-order/buy via Cargo.

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Biting Tongues

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.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

Factory Records

The Durutti Column