14 January 2014Richard Boon live on stage with Dave Haslam
Richard Boon isn't just an important eye-witness to Manchester's music scene, but also a major player and an influential figure, with the inside story of one of the most glorious eras of Manchester music.
He was the Buzzcocks' manager who founded New Hormones, the UK's first punk / post-punk independent record label and helped run the Beach Club.
New Hormones was an inspiration to later labels like Factory Records, and released records by artists including Biting Tongues, Dislocation Dance, Ludus and Eric Random.
The New Hormones office at 50 Newton St was also the home of gig promoters Wise Moves and 'City Fun' fanzine.
This is a free event, with an audience Q&A included. It's a great opportunity to hear Richard Boon describing and discussing early Sex Pistols gigs; working with Malcolm McLaren, Buzzcocks, and Linder Sterling; and plotting and planning with Mark E Smith, Jon Savage and Morrissey.
Admission is free but spaces are limited. Please register for guest list places by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Richard Boon Event' in the subject field. Each guest should email us individually.
THIS EVENT IS FUNDED BY HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND.
More info at the Facebook Event and mdmarchive.co.uk.
Thursday 13 February 2014
6.45pm for 7.30pm
54-56 Whitworth St West
Manchester M1 5WW
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