14 Feb 2006
Scream City - the new Manchester / Factory Records fanzine - out now! 
The first edition of my new fanzine 'Scream City' is now available via eBay.

Many thanks to those who have already bought it already. It is also available in the Rough Trade shop, Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, London but Mancunians should not worry because it will soon be available in a number of places in Manchester itself (such are the vagaries of printing a Manchester fanzine in London!). Details to follow.

Scream City covers Manchester music, art(s), books and popular culture and features a number of guest writing contributions. It includes an assessment of record collecting in the post-eBay world and old school alternatives, Tony Wilson on various Factory artefacts, exclusive new artwork by Matt Carroll (Central Station Design), a new version of my biography of The Durutti Column, a review of the career of noted Mancunian Jeff Noon who was once in Manicured Noise and an interview with Kevin Cummins to coincide with his new exhibition 'Arca' which continues at Paul Stolper until 11 March.

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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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