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Alan Erasmus is a British actor best known for his involvement in the Manchester music scene starting in the 1970s. He co-founded Factory Records with Tony Wilson, which signed Joy Division and Happy Mondays. He also co-founded The Haçienda with Wilson, Rob Gretton and New Order, a famous Manchester nightclub which closed down in Summer 1997. As an actor, Erasmus appeared in several roles in the 1970s including ITV Playhouse and Play for Today, wherein he played minor roles.
He also managed the bands The Durutti Column and Fast Breeder.
Alan brought back Video 8 technology from a visit to Japan. It was a domestic format with PCM sound and the first set up of its kind in the UK. He donated it to DAT(2)DAT a company based in Fallowfield, run by Mark Simmonds and Peter Dickinson, that was already providing Factory with digital mastering and duplication services. Alan had the vision, seeing the potential of the light and compact equipment before mobile phones were available. Alan asked DAT(2)DAT to learn to use the equipment so that videos could be made of the emerging Factory artists, quickly and cheaply. The new technology was not at first easy to integrate but after 6 weeks intensive experiment Happy Mondays and James were among the bands to have videos made.
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