20 Aug 2004
From Wigan Casino to the Hacienda 
A date and venue has been set for the first Manchester District Music Archive seminar. It will be on Tuesday 21 September 2004 at Urbis in Manchester. This is also the last night of In the City and such luminaries as Mark Radcliffe, Jon Savage and Guy Garvey (Elbow) will be in attendance.

From the MDMA website: "The aim of the seminar is to listen to the views of the public and the music industry. We want to hear how best we can serve other archives, libraries and museums. This is your opportunity to tell us what MDMArchive should be."

You can register for the seminar and/or the mailing list using the online form.



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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

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