16 Jan 2007
John Peel 'Inside Out' on BBC NW this Friday 
This Friday 19 January at 19:30 a new film to be shown during the Inside Out programme on BBC1 NW examines John Peel's links with Rochdale, where he worked in a mill.

In 1959 John Peel bought recording equipment for Tractor in 1970 which would lead members of the band and their crew to set up various recording studios in Rochdale and Heywood, bought Tractor the PA system they used at Deeply Vale festivals, and played everything recorded at Cargo Studios, Rochdale on his radio show.

If you want to see a bit more about Peel's links to a town and how his money would help to create a music industry in the town of Rochdale where from the late 70's onwards, The Fall, Joy Division, The Teardrop Explodes, OMD, Gang of Four, The Chameleons, Inspiral Carpets, The Durutti Column, Dead or Alive and many more would come to record their singles and album tracks.

Taking part in the film are John Peel's wife Sheila Ravenscroft, and, from Tractor, Chris Hewitt their manager (and at one time owner of both the music shop and co-owner of the recording studio with Peter Hook from New Order at Kenion St, Rochdale), guitarist Jim Milne and drummer Steve Clayton.

Previously unseen archive film as well as a recent visit to a couple of the band's old recording haunts are seen in this BBC Inside Out production

If you live out of BBC North West region you can view the programme on Sky under the other regions choice for BBC1.

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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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