25 Aug 2008
Ikonand (then) again 
Cerysmatic readers unfortunate enough to miss out on the Summer edition of free London art and music magazine Art&Music, previously mentioned here and featuring Jamie Holman's superb piece detailing Ikon's contribution to the recent Joy Division documentary, fear not!

Jamie has generously agreed to his article being preserved for posterity on Cerysmatic itself.

From the End to the Beginning: The Joy Division Films features interviews with both Malcolm Whitehead and Jon Savage and is illustrated with previously unpublished stills from the actual vintage out-take footage used in the documentary.

Many thanks to all concerned.

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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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