23 Oct 2008
1 Top Class Launch Event 
The official book launch party for 1 Top Class Manager will be held at One Central Street in Manchester on Tuesday 4 November 2008. Admission is free.

The full running order is:

7pm: Doors
8pm: Jon Savage talks about Rob and the book
8.30pm - late: Dave Rofe, John McCready and Benedict Gretton play records from Rob's own collection

The book 1 Top Class Manager will be available to buy on the night and Lesley Gilbert, Abigail Ward and the rest of the team behind the book will be available to answer any questions.


One Central Street
1 Central Street
Manchester M2 5WR



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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.

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