24 May 2007
Urbis launch for Who Killed Martin Hannett? 
Colin Sharp's book 'Who killed Martin Hannett?' will be launched at Urbis in Manchester on 25 July 2007.

Colin, announcing the event on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board, said: "There will be a panel of writers/musicians talking about Martin, Factory Records and all things late 70s, early 80s in Manchester. Then I will be playing Hannett's greatest hits and some obscure Hannett stuff too and there will be food, drink, memories and cerebral networking!"

Tickets go on sale soon from Urbis


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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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