14 Jun 2006
FAC 461: Launch Event @ Central Saint Martins 
Factory Records founder Tony Wilson, Peter Saville, Pat Carroll (of Central Station Design), and author Matthew Robertson discuss the visual legacy of Factory at an event chaired by Rick Poynor. This event is at the Central Saint Martins Cochrane Theatre in Holborn, London.

Tickets: GBP 10/5 conc
Box Office: 020 7269 1606

Monday 19 June 2006

Central Saint Martins
Cochrane Theatre
Southampton Row
London WC1B 4AP

'Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album' By Matthew Robertson
Foreword by Tony Wilson

"Central Saint Martins is delighted to host the UK launch of 'Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album', the definitive guide to the diverse and vital design legacy of the Manchester-based label.

After a foreword from the man most closely associated with Factory, Tony Wilson, and an introduction that explores the label's role in bringing design into the mainstream, the book is organized as a more or less chronological catalogue. Every item with one of the famous Factory inventory numbers is illustrated or listed, including album sleeves, singles, special editions, flyers, posters, stationery and architectural projects."

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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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