1982-1984 Personal Assistant to Record Producer Martin Hannett
In 1982 Martin had legal issues with Factory Records.
He eventually got back into his routine as record producer and planned various projects for different record companies.
Martin had ideas about building a recording studio at Shrigley Hall in Cheshire. The building was for sale in 1982
Video of Martin in Strawberry Studios in June 1980 (tv broadcast with Tony Wilson)
Reels of copy-master tapes, rescued from a skip when Strawberry Studios closed in 1992, include some of Martins production works. Related news item here.
The tapes are being sorted out with the various copyright owners.
In 2014 Joy Division Estate and Warner Records 90 Limited took legal action about 6 Factory Records reels belonging to Invisiblegirl Records Label manager Julia Adamson. Taking her to court with personal solicitors (Stephen Lea) and Warners lawyers, the claimants unecessary costs amounted to £37,000.
It transpired that these rescued copymaster tape reels are the only master tape reels in existence for Joy Divisions 'Unknown Pleasures' album, also it's unheard 'Outtakes' reel and New Order material.
Adamson of course lost the court case on a bogus claim of copyright infringment (a 20 second sample sent to Warners at their request, and within copyright law). Adamson received no costs, access fee or even a thank you. She suffered continual slander from musician Peter Hook including in various press and was intimidated by him. Warners also pestered her about passing digital audio over to them (which would have been a copyright violation).
There was a gagging order restriction added to the case with the exception of Adamson being allowed to discuss the matter when necessary. Regularly asked about the matter, it is now appropriate to add the details here to stop her being continuously questioned.
The Sisters Of Mercy reel has been sold to a fan in Italy
(no commercial use ©).
A box of tapes have been donated to the Strawberry Studios Museum. The music copyright owners were happy to donate them.
A 2 inch multitrack by 80's electronica group Illustration is now with the groups archivist. The tape includes a single (and B side) and was produced by Martin Hannett in 1980.
We're currently sorting out the other reels.
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