9 Sep 2005
Confessions of an Art Director - Peter Saville in Grafik #132 
The latest issue of Grafik magazine (#132, Fashion Special) features a new interview with Peter Saville that concentrates on his time working for the fashion industry (Yohji Yamamoto, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, et al). Saville proclaims that he no longer "does" fashion or buys white Levi's jeans (they don't make 'em like they used to so he buys Helmut Lang's at 100 quid a pop). Speaking on his other day job as Creative Director for Manchester City Council he says "I don't really like sitting in a room full of councillors. For a couple of days each week it's interesting, but I certainly couldn't do it all the time."


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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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