19 January 2009
New Haçienda book project: help wanted 
Jimmy Batista, in association with French publisher Camion Blanc has a new book on FAC 51 The Haçienda slated for around the end of this year.

With the working title FAC OFF, it will focus on the heydays of the Haçienda and the Madchester scene.

They need your contributions in the form of:

- People who could provide original pictures (from anything Haçienda and Madchester-related including bands, DJs, fans, nightlife and the like)

- People who could provide scans or hi-res pictures of flyers, posters and any kind of Haçienda, Factory, Dry Bar and Madchester memorabilia

- People who worked or were serious regulars at the Haçienda, or just people who lived through the whole thing and have any interesting story to tell, for interviews.

If you would like to participate please contact fac.off@hotmail.fr.

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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".

- extract from the official website biography

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