17 Jun 2008
Shall We Take A Trip #2 
Trip is a Manchester Arts conference which runs from 19-21 June 2008 at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Designer, John Rooney explains the background and influences: "We have created graphic work for this exhibition based on what remains following the demise of the Haçienda. The language is taken from situationist texts and the visuals represent the colorways of the bollards in the Haç, the shapes represent rain (a constant in this city). Both myself and my colleague Pam Shaw have a long history regarding the Haçienda. Pam worked closely with Factory Records for many years, and I am course leader in MA Typography at University of Salford so this project was extremely important to us."

Some of John's work is still visible in the window of the Green Room in Whitworth Street (and not the John Dalton Building at MMU as previously stated) for the next few days.



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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

Factory Records

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