23 October 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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The Names

Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.

Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".

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