5 Dec 2006
We Will Preserve The Façade 
A bucket of rubble salvaged from the demolition of FAC 51 The Haçienda is being auctioned by art collective UHC to raise money for the campaign reports Adam Moss in the Manchester Evening News.

Artefacts from the interior were auctioned before demolition commenced but, despite promises to the contrary, the legendary cruved façade itself was not retained as part of the structure of the Haçienda Apartments. The conceptual art piece is entitled 'We Will Preserve The Façade'.



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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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