13 Jul 2005
Paul Morley & Tony Wilson @ Urbis 
This evening offers a unique opportunity to hear celebrated writer, broadcaster and musician Paul Morley in a conversation with Tony Wilson, the legendary TV journalist and music entrepreneur.

Wilson and Morley will be focusing on the Manchester punk scene's DIY aesthetic, reminiscing about regular haunts, recalling unfortunate fashion statements and debating the impact the Sex Pistols' gigs had on a huge array of Manchester bands.

The discussion promises to offer a distinctly acerbic, first hand perspective on one of the most important periods in Manchester’s cultural history, and will conclude with an in-depth question and answer session.

Wednesday 20th July
6.30 - 8.30pm
10.00 / 8.00 GBP

To purchase your tickets please call the Urbis hotline on 0161 605 8264 or visit the punk exhibition ticket desk at Urbis.


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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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