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Factory Records 40th anniversary boxsets and exhibition announced

By | Published on Wednesday 7 August 2019

L-R: Peter Saville, Tony Wilson, Alan Erasmus, Factory Records

Warner Music has announced two boxsets and an art exhibition to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic label Factory Records.

‘Use Hearing Protection: Factory Records 1978-1979’ – out on 11 Oct – will collect the first ten records and other objects to receive a famous FAC catalogue number. Which means buying the boxset will get you posters, stationery, a short film and an egg timer design, as well as some music.

Meanwhile, ‘Factory: Communications 1978-92’ – out on 8 Nov – will gather together rare, unheard and classic material from the label across eight bits of vinyl.

The exhibition – titled ‘Use Hearing Protection FAC 1 – 50 / 40’ – will take place at Chelsea Space in West London. Curated by Jon Savage and Mat Bancroft, it charts the design history of the label through 50 items produced between 1978 and 1982, including work by Peter Saville, Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio, Durutti Column and Linder Sterling.

Running from 13 Sep to 25 Oct, it will be listed as part of the London Design Festival. “It is rewarding to see that the legacy endures and that there is such appreciation of the artefacts”, reckons the there mentioned Peter Saville.

Find out more about the exhibition here, and the boxsets here.