21 Dec 2005
Factory namechecked in Warp Records book 
The new retrospective book on the Warp Records label by Rob Young (The Wire magazine). Factory Records is cited in the book a few times:

- in an essay on Warp's design aesthetic by Adrian Shaughnessy, a quote from Tony Wilson's '24 Hour Party People' (FAC 424) book is used.

- in a feature on Autechre's sleeve art, Ian Anderson, founder of The Designers Republic, mentions the cover for Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures' (FACT 10) as being a good example of the cover art having the right relationship with the music.

- in an interview with former Warp employee and founder of off-shoot hip-hop label Lex Records (home of Danger Mouse and Boom Bip), Tom states "I want Lex to have a reputation for design like Factory."


Title: Warp (labels unlimited)
Published: 22 November 2005
Publisher: Black Dog Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 1904772323

Available now from: amazon.co.uk and other good stores.

Thanks to Mike Stein for info.

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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.

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