6 Feb 2006
FAC 481 - The making of Manchester 
The 27 January 2006 edition of Building magazine is the somewhat unlikely source for a completely new FAC number. However, Tony Wilson along with partner Yvette Livesey, have guest edited the magazine which carries the headline "Oh Manchester: A special issue of Building edited by Tony Wilson and Yvette Livesey and starring Britain's most dynamic city".

In the article 'The making of Manchester', architectural editor Martin Spring talks to AHW about his new role as a "regeneration adviser" and his plans for Manchester. The official Factory catalogue number FAC 481 has been assigned to the issue of the magazine. Further articles on how Manchester is evolving are entitled '24 Hour Construction City', 'Greater Expectations' and 'How It Used To Be'.

Read the full article on building.co.uk [free registration required]

Thanks to Martin Spring and to Blue's Blog for originally spotting.



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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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