31 Aug 2006
Accentuated industrialism 
Anthony Wilson is selling his Manchester loft apartment which was designed by Ben Kelly.

The estate agent blurb describes it as "distributed over 3100 ft2. The epitome of Manchester's lofts: A true piece of urban heritage, defined as the original residential loft. Includes 2 x parking spaces. The epitome of Manchester's lofts. A true piece of urban heritage, defined as the original residential loft. This unique space has been created by legendary designer Ben Kelly, celebrated designer of the Haçienda night club and Dry Bar."

The asking price is GBP 950,000.



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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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