24 Jul 2007
Unity Gain 
Tickets are still available for Wednesday (July 25th) night's discussion of genius producer Martin Hannett and his association with Factory Records.

Hosted by "Hannett's friend and former Durutti Column singer" (and regular cerysmaticFactory contributor) Colin Sharp and featuring Martin Moscrop, MickMiddles and CP Lee, the event marks the launch of Colin's book "Who KilledMartin Hannett?".

Colin describes his book as "a faux-detective thing, a little bit tongue in cheek" in today's Metro freesheet (Five QuestionsFor...Colin Sharp).

The discussion will be held in the foyer of Urbis, after which singer-turned-author-turns-dj and spins some Hannett classics in the Urbis Social bar.

The great man's 'Fernando' at full blast please!

Ticket details on the Urbis website.

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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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