22 Jan 2014
Fête du Graphisme Paris 2014 
Fête du Graphisme Paris 2014

"Paris Invites The World" forms part of the Fête du Graphisme (Festival of Graphic Design) being held in Paris during January and February 2014. Peter Saville is one the graphic designers who has been asked to contribute three posters which showcase the best of their work in the world of music graphics.

The featured posters are Unknown Pleasures, Halluçienda and Movement. I was fortunate enough to help out with supplying the last of these thanks in turn to the kindness of a fellow Factory fan a few years ago who gave it to me.

Fête du Graphisme opens on 29 January and more information is available (in French only) at fetedugraphisme.org.

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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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