11 Nov 2009
Manchester Music @ MOSI 
Stephen Morris (recently seen discussing Manchester music with Kevin Cummins and Paul Morley) is to lead a debate about the Manchester music scene past, present and future at MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry), Liverpool Road, Manchester, on Friday 27 November 2009 at 7.30pm.

In the Stephen Morris and friends Manchester music debate, he will talk to ex-Hacienda DJ Graeme Park about their own experiences, the Factory days and what that Manchester music scene might look like in years to come. Morris and Park will be joined by founder of City Life and MD of SKV Communications, Andy Spinoza, and club entrepreneur Ross MacKenzie (owner of One Central Street, Purple Pussycat and Black Dog Ballroom).

The audience will then be invited to ask questions, with Park compering the debate.

The debate starts at 7.30pm and the doors and bar open at 6.30pm.

Ticket prices £5 in advance, £8 on the door, available at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or call 0844 847 2261 (24 hours)

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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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