9 Apr 2011
A Tribute to Tony Wilson (Part 2) 
Paul Morley continues his tribute to Tony Wilson at the Purcell Rooms in London on Thursday 16 June as part of Meltdown 2011. He will be talking to some of those who knew and worked with Tony Wilson in a similar vein to the event held last October 2010. As well as featuring live music and poet Mike Garry, the evening also includes unreleased footage by Carol Morley, who filmed Anthony H Wilson in Manchester in 2005. At time of going to press the exact nature of the live music element this time round is still to be confirmed.


A Tribute To Tony Wilson
with Paul Morley and Mike Garry
Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London
Thursday 16 June 2011

The film contains some strong language, and parental guidance is recommended.

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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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