Tony Wilson


Sadly it has been announced that Tony Wilson died Yesterday, I hadn't heard of him untill I watched the film 24h party people, a film about his life where he was played by Steve Coogan. Probably not the most flattering portrayal, he is refered to as a twat in the film, however he was very successful. He started the Ha├žienda club in Manchester and Manchester became Madchester. He launched lots of bands - Joy Division, New Order, through factory records, and he famously had no contract with them. His businesses were more about creating cultural change than than financial success and the club eventually went under because people took E's rather than drank alcohol. Throughout this time he was also a local TV presenter on local news and game shows. I think he is inspirational because of his absolute love for Manchester and its people.

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