Friday, August 10, 2007

Factory Records Founder Succumbs To Cancer



Download: Joy Division - "Transmission"
Download: Joy Division - "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
Download: Happy Mondays - "24 Hour Party People"
Download: Happy Mondays - "Wrote For Luck"
Download: Happy Mondays - "Jelly Bean"
Download: New Order - "Sister Ray" (Live Velvet Underground Cover)
Download: New Order - "Temptation"
Download: New Order - "Blue Monday"

From the BBC:
Anthony Wilson, the music mogul behind some of Manchester's most successful bands, has died of cancer.

The Salford-born entrepreneur, who founded Factory records, the label behind New Order and the Happy Mondays, was diagnosed last year.

The 57-year-old, also famous for setting up the Hacienda nightclub, underwent emergency surgery in January to remove a kidney.

He passed away on Friday evening in hospital.


Let's not forget that Wilson was the memorable subject of 2002's masterful 24 Hour Party People and that Factory Records was also home to a little band called Joy Division. Wilson is arguably responsible for much of modern music. Without him, there is no rave culture or goth culture or anything like that. This is monumentally sad.

Read more about Wilson here.

(Jonathan Graef)

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey man - that's a no no, you shouldn't be linking other bloggers files.

not sure if you knew that, but now you do.

6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony aka [Anthony H] Wilson was indeed a tremendous champion for good music and the Manchester scene in particular but he could also be a dickhead. In 1979 I was on the door [entry £1] at the old West Indian Centre on Carmoor Road, Manchester at an Anti-Nazi League fundraiser. The headline band were Manchester legends The Naughty Boys with support from The Worms, whose leader Wayne seemed to have caught Tony’s ear [or eyes]. Tony arrived during the Worms’ set and asked me how long much longer they’d be playing. I told him I didn’t know and he paid the entrance and went in during what turned out to be their last song. He was back at the end of the song highly agitated and demanding his entrance money back – a measly pound! I just said to him “You need a pound?” and he left sheepishly…………

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"hey man - that's a no no, you shouldn't be linking other bloggers files." - you've got your own hosting, no need to steal other sites' bandwidth...also...I'm a new visitor to the site and was curious about something - your mission statement claims that eMusic rips off the bands...what do you think illegally giving tracks away that don't belong to you is doing?

3:14 PM  

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