Saturday, August 11, 2007

"If there is a choice between the truth and the legend, choose the legend."

Tony Wilson, founder of Factory Records and the man who put Manchester on the musical map died yesterday at the age of 57. He had been fighting kidney cancer for the last year, but it was a heart attack that killed him. The man is a legend in my music world - Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays and the entire roster of Factory Records are a huge part of who I am as a music fan. He was a maverick in the industry, a man who understood the artists and was willing to do everything in his power to help them achieve some success. Factory Records and it's nightclub The Hacienda were two of the biggest elements of the late 80’s independent-led global dance music explosion. His wit, intelligence and musical savvy will be sorely missed, but his legacy will live on in rock history forever. We will miss you Tony - RIP.
Joy Division - As You Said
New Order - Subculture (Razormaid Mix v2.0)
Happy Mondays - The Boys Are Back In Town

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