18 Jun 2006
FAC 461 Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album 
The FAC 461 book launch event at Central Saint Martins tomorrow is sold out but there will be a second event in Manchester on Thursday 13 July which will include a panel discussion at Urbis. Meanwhile, there has been plenty of publicity for the book including bits in Time Out, The Independent Saturday Magazine 17 June, GQ (July 2006 issue), The Guardian (Friday 16 June issue).

Also, Tony Wilson will be on BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright in the Afternoon. AHW will discuss the book, Factory Records and other current projects.

Finally, Tony Wilson and Peter Saville will be talking about the book on Later With Jools Holland this coming Friday 23 June (BBC 2).

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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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