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Below are the 19 most recent journal entries recorded in FACC424, the Rob Gretton community's LiveJournal:

Thursday, June 30th, 2005
4:14 pm
Saturday, June 25th, 2005
10:53 am
Sub Sub

I am new here, so just wanted to introduce myself. I have always been into the Manchester music scene, however for some reason I havent thought of joining any of the online communities!

I was wondering if anyone could help me, I am trying to track down a copy of sub sub's "Space Face" but cant get hold of a copy for love or money! Lol

I’ve looked around the net and found this written about the very rare original white label (JAJ 0001) version 12”

“With its trademark Space Odyssey, 2001 'My God, it's full of stars' sample, this was properly cut to run over the full 12” of vinyl and sounds far punchier than the 10 Recs release.”
Which sounds amazing, naturally they cost a fortune, and are very collectable, however I am not interested in being a collector, I am just a fan who really wants to appreciate the music, so I was wondering if anyone out there knows how I could get a copy. I don’t mind if it’s a burnt cd, I just want to be able to listen to the music. Can anyone help? Or indeed if anyone has a copy of “Full Fathom Five” I would be really grateful for a copy.

Sunday, May 29th, 2005
5:55 pm
Tuesday, May 17th, 2005
12:53 am
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005
1:52 pm
The Sex Pistol's performance of "Anarchy in the UK" on Tony Wilson's Granada TV show So it Goes has been hailed as the "Greatest debut" by readers of the NME. (I hope to find a link for this story later!)
1:47 pm
Thursday, February 10th, 2005
9:53 am
[cross-posted in factorybenelux]

Hello. For the last couple of years I have slowly been plotting to collect all of Martin Hannett's work, a hobby which seemed in reach at it's conception. Now, every turn I make I see whole other avenues he went down and bands I have never heard of.

This might seem a mamoth task, one perhaps nobody has the patience for, but if anyone could help me I'd really appreciate it:
i. Does anyone have a list of all Martin Hannett's production credits?
ii. Or, ahem, could you list one here of all you know?

blueslide has already informed me of two Martin Hannett collections. One, FACT 325, looks very incomplete and not very interesting. The other I can't seem to find.

Thank you.
Tuesday, February 1st, 2005
9:57 pm
Hello I'm new to the community. I love all of the things in this community, I've always kind of been interested in the manchester music scene and factory etc but recently I've really got interested in it. I saw 24hrpp and thought it was fantastic, didnt know about the people behind the scenes so much but I think Rob Gretton, Martin Hannet, Tony wilson, alan erasmus etc have proved to be extrodinary people so I've joined just cause its a great community lol please be kind!
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004
10:28 pm
New Order's new album will be released on March 28th 2005

The First Single Will Be Out Early Next Year
Thursday, November 18th, 2004
1:22 pm
Ian Tilton
BBC interview with Ian Tilton, who took pictures of the Hacienda back in the day:

Monday, November 15th, 2004
8:57 pm
Saturday, September 4th, 2004
11:22 pm

The following history of the Haçienda was written exclusively for Pride Of Manchester by best-selling author and former Haç DJ, Dave Haslam.

haçienda, manchester - the world's greatest nightclub

In 2003 the music industry seems awash with hot shots and marketing graduates but Factory and the Hacienda was run with endearing, exasperating, punk amateurism. Soon Rob Gretton was on board; a Manchester City fan managing groups, including Joy Division, the most important band of 1979. In May 1980, though, Joy Division came to a premature end when singer Ian Curtis killed himself on the eve of an Amerian tour. Following this tragedy, the band re-grouped, and became New Order.

Rob Gretton instigated a joint venture between New Order and Factory Records, looking for a site for a club of their own. Others involved in the record company took some persuading. There’s an episode in the film when Martin Hannett - New Order’s producer (and co-director of Factory) - throws a massive strop; he wanted wanted to spend any spare cash on recording technology.

Late in 1981 Gretton and friends took a lease on an old yacht showroom on Whitworth Street West in a semi-derelict part of town overlooked by a rusting gas works. Making full use of the warehouse layout - the industrial girders, iron pillars, and high ceiling - Ben Kelly set about designing the Hacienda, a very different place to most clubs in Britain with their sticky carpets and potted plants. The ‘Architectural Review’ called Ben Kelly’s Hacienda a “pioneering interior”.
Monday, May 24th, 2004
2:57 pm
Ian Curtis movie -- Official Press Release



The exclusive option for film rights to the Ian Curtis biography “Touching From a Distance” was granted to the Los Angeles and Pittsburgh-based production company Claraflora today. The company’s principals, Orian Williams and Todd Eckert, have been working closely with author Deborah Curtis, who is the widow of the Joy Division front man who committed suicide in 1980 at the age of 23, and production of the film is expected for early 2005.

Rights for the book have been among the most sought-after in the world since it was published in 1995. Curtis agreed to make the film with Claraflora after meetings in London and Manchester gave her a comfort level that the producers would be respectful to the truth of her husband’s life and legacy. The agreement was structured by Claraflora and Annie Garwood at the book’s publisher Faber and Faber in London. Curtis will also serve as co-producer on the film.

“We’re looking to give the world a truthful view of who Ian really was,” said Eckert. “Given his suicide, there’s so much concentration on the dark side of his life. We want to also concentrate on the energy that made people love Ian and Joy Division in the first place, while putting difficult elements such as his epilepsy into perspective. It will be a balanced approach—this isn’t the rock and roll Shine.”

“We’re very excited and grateful for the right to make this film,” said Williams, on location in the California desert where he is producing Tennis Anyone? with Donal Logue and Jason Isaacs. “It’s the most important music-oriented story in the world, and so relevant on a human level.”

The producers are currently in negotiations with directors and actors to drive the film. Script elements are being finalized, though the writer is expected to come from the Manchester area. There has been no selection of a music supervisor to date, though several bands have already come forward to express interest in participating in the film. The producers have also met with Rebecca Boulton, New Order’s manager, regarding the band’s potential involvement in the film.

“We’re very supportive of Debbie and trust she’ll do whatever’s best with the film,” said Boulton. “Right now we’re concentrating on recording the new album, but after that’s finished we’ll definitely be looking at it.”

Williams’ last film was Shadow of the Vampire with Willem DaFoe and John Malkovich. Eckert, a finance veteran for film, video games and music, is making his debut as producer
Saturday, May 15th, 2004
2:37 am
Today in New Order History
Death of Rob Gretton (5 years). Thanks to the the lovely and talented lisekit for creating this community.

Rob died tragically young on 15 May 1999, aged 46. He suffered a heart attack at home. He was a force to be reckoned with in life, and a man for whom many in Manchester and beyond still carry a lot of affection and respect. In the obituary carried on NME.com, he was described as “a warm, funny man”

There is a Rob Gretton bio here.
Saturday, March 13th, 2004
11:25 pm
I'm new to this community, and to LJ, since I just made a journal today. To be unoriginal, New Order is one of my favorite bands, and my favorite songs by them, for the moment, are "This time of night," the Substance version of TPK, Dream Attack, and Shellshock. Also, Bernard Sumner's side project, Electronic, was quite good in my opinion, especially their self-titled album. There isn't a lot of info about me, other than that I'm in college and am usually quite bored.

Current Mood: awake
Friday, January 16th, 2004
11:49 pm
so how many of you two are from neworderonline.com?
Tuesday, December 9th, 2003
11:36 pm
Saturday, September 13th, 2003
1:30 pm
There are very few pictures of Rob Gretton, but there is a large collection of Joy Division, New Order and Rob Gretton pics here.
Wednesday, August 13th, 2003
5:57 pm
This community is for all of you out there who know what a FAC catalogue number is for, and who Rob Gretton is. (If you don't yet, a couple of Google searches should edify you, and we highly recommend carrying them out). Post here in our online Republic to recall Halcyon Daze, Pills Thrills 'n' Bellyaches of the past, and to sharpen your Technique.
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