15 June 2011
Shadowplayers paperback competition 
To celebrate this month's publication of James Nice's rather excellent Shadowplayers book in paperback we are proud to present the factually-titled Shadowplayers Paperback Competition. Containing 560 pages, a shiny blue cover and the chronological story of Factory Records in immense detail. the new edition is well worth checking out if you don't already have a copy of the hardback (which is also still available).

Simply answer the following question to be in with a chance of winning:

Q: Which post punk pop band did Caesar play in before forming The Wake in 1980?

Usual Cerysmatic rules apply: 1 entry per person. Entries by email. Closing date 10pm 30 June 2011. Winner will be selected at random out of the Cerysmatic hat.

Thank you and good luck!

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Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records
Format: paperback book
Number of pages: 560 pages
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
Publication date: 1 June 2011
ISBN-10: 1845136349
ISBN-13: 978-1845136345

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12 June 2011
Tony Wilson Interviews @ Purcell Room 16/6 
[UPDATED] Paul Morley returns to the Purcell Room on London's South Bank this Thursday 16 June for the second of his Tony Wilson Interviews. Morley will continue his exploration of the man Tony Wilson in the eyes of those who knew him.

Special musical guests for the evening are Kevin Hewick (who will be playing part of a 4-song cycle he is developing about his personal view of Factory, the people and the legacy) and OMD who will be playing as a duo (McCluskey/Humphreys).

Mancunian poet Mike Garry will also reprise his poem Saint Anthony which he performed at the first of these events in October 2010.

The event, which is notionally part of Meltdown 2011, is pretty much sold out.

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11 June 2011
Coffee, no table 
In the shadow of the great URBIS glass elephant - scene of several overpriced, over-designed, over-marketed, Factory-related exhibitions - a self-employed builder from Chadderton puts on a 1500 quid display of his personal record collection in a room above a pub and steals the show.

Colin Gibbins' 'Factory Records World First Exhibition in the Music Medium' which ran at the Ducie Bridge on 7-8 May reminded us that for all the high ideals, high art and high concept hi-fi, Factory Records relied on one very valuable, and oft-overlooked resource: the punter.

Arranged almost as a record (Peddlar) shop homage - with every vertical surface covered in hanging plastic vinyl wallets - each Factory release was on show, many complete with their duplicate formats and covers: snakeskin, cardboard, sandpaper.

No index cards, explanations nor intellectualisation, no counting nor box ticking: this was Factory with feet firmly on the ground rather than nose in the air.

A working class jewel in the belly of the increasingly middle-class beast.

[Better late than never!]

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07 June 2011
9 Across 
Means of crowd control for New Order touring (4,3)

- i, Monday 7 June 2011

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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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