Saturday, August 11, 2007

So long and thanks for all the music.

Record label owner, radio and TV presenter, journo and music legend Tony Wilson died today. And if you think you haven't heard of him you will certainly have listened to some of the bands he managed - most famously Joy Division but also Happy Mondays, A Certain Ratio and some others I forget and am too lazy to look up. He also founded Factory Records and ran the Hacienda nightclub, generally playing a huge role Manchester's music culture.

If you don't want to, as I plan to do, listen to Love will Tear us Apart on repeat to mark the occasion you are best recommended to check out 24 Hour Party People (thanks to Bec, who recommended it to me in the first place) which is a great fictionalised account of his life. And bloody funny.

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