1 Jun 2008
Gig in Japan 
I Remember Nothing - Martin O'Neill's exhibition of photographs taken during Joy Division's Bowden Vale Youth Club concert in March 1979 - moves to Japan next week, beginning a two week stint at the Tokyo Hipsters Club on Saturday 7 June 2008.

Martin also celebrates 30 years as a photographer with a new book, a summer exhibition of photographs taken around Eccles in 1977 and a slideshow.

'Don't Miss This' will shortly be available from London's The Photographers Gallery, Manchester's Cornerhouse or from Martin himself.

The exhibition will be shown at Eccles Library, date tbc.



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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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