31 Mar 2010
Shadowplayers - The Factory Records Book 
James Nice's history of Factory Records, Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records is published by Aurum Press on 1 June 2010. The book features a foreword by Jon Savage.

In the years since the collapse of Factory, the label has become both a legend and a cautionary tale, yet its definitive, authentic story has never been told - until now. Shadowplayers is the most complete, authoritative and thoroughly researched account of how a group of provincial anarchists and entrepreneurs saw off bankers, journalists and gun-toting gangsters to create the most influential, acclaimed and adored music of modern times.

The Shadowplayers book builds on the original feature length documentary Shadowplayers: Factory Records and Manchester Post-Punk 1978-81 released on DVD in 2006 by James Nice's LTM label but is extended in scope to cover the complete history of Factory Records.

To celebrate the publication of the book please come along to the official book launch at Rough Trade East on Thursday 20 May 2010 from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. Original Factory band Blurt will be performing live and there will be DJ support from Tom Moderne.

Rough Trade
East Dray Walk
Old Truman Brewery 91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL

Nearest overground/Tube: Liverpool Street or Aldgate East


James Nice
The Rise and Fall of Factory Records
Foreword by Jon Savage

Format: hardback book
Number of pages: 432
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
Publication date: 1 June 2010
ISBN-10: 1845135407
ISBN-13: 978-1845135409

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Anonymous Alan Leishman said...

Ironic that the launch of a book about a distinctly Mancunian label is being held in London.

31/03/2010, 19:18

Anonymous col manchester said...

International is the word factory fans are thin on the ground in M9 nowadays.

16/05/2010, 18:53

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ironic too that Blurt played at the book launch.
Great band with a big mouth. Habitat!

27/05/2010, 11:25


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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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