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Use Hearing Protection: The Early Years of Factory Records

Celebrate Manchester's place at the heart of Britain's music and creative industries with our new exhibition dedicated to one of the city's most influential record labels.

This special exhibition tells the story of Factory Records' formative years from 1978 to 1982, and how their innovative work in music, technology and design gave Manchester an authentic voice and distinctive identity. Founded by Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus, the label played an influential part in the city's transformation from an industrial powerhouse to a beacon of art and culture. 

See the first 50 artefacts from the official Factory catalogue, including creations from Joy Division, New Order and The Durutti Column, as well as graphic designs by Peter Saville, previously unseen items from the Factory archives and objects loaned from the estates of both Tony Wilson and Rob Gretton, the former manager of Joy Division and New Order.

Use Hearing Protection: The Early Years of Factory Records is a new exhibition, reinterpreting the display hosted at Chelsea Space, London in 2019. The exhibition is being developed in partnership with Jon Savage, Mat Bancroft and Warner Music UK.

Exhibition catalogue offer

Produced specially to accompany the exhibition, the Use Hearing Protection exhibition catalogue features iconic objects that celebrate the early years of Factory Records and the impact that the record label had on music, the creative industries and the city of Manchester.

Get your copy for a reduced price of £20 (RRP £25) when you buy it online along with your exhibition ticket.

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