14 Sep 2005
Rochdale Rocks @ Touchstones Centre, Rochdale from 22 October 
From the Manchester District Music Archive, mdmarchive.com:

An exhibition entitled 'Rochdale Rocks - a history of popular music in Rochdale from Middleton to Milnrow' opens at the Touchstones Centre, Rochdale on 22 October 2005. Clint Boon of Inspiral Carpets, who went to Art College in Rochdale, will open the exhibition.

The exhibition will encompass: The Deeply Vale festivals of the 1970s, Rochdale recording studios including Cargo, Suite Sixteen and John Peel's Dandelion studios and much more.

Bands and artists that came to Rochdale to record such as The Fall, Joy Division, The Teardrop Explodes, The Durutti Column, Section 25, New Order et al.

The exhibition will feature record sleeves, photos, and written anecdotes about the legendary Rochdale scene.


Touchstones Centre
The Esplanade
OL16 1AQ
Tel: 01706 864986

Admission: Free

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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.

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