Friday, August 10, 2007

So It Goes: Tony Wilson, RIP

A return to the obituaries: Factory Records impresario Tony Wilson died today at the age of 57, after a year-long battle with cancer. In addition to founding the influential Factory Records, Wilson was a television personality and owner of the popular Hacienda club in Manchester. He was responsible for the careers of some of the more interesting post-punk bands, including Joy Division/New Order, A Certain Ratio, ESG and, er, Happy Mondays.

Pitchfork has a short bio and some video clips at: http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/news/44792-tony-wilson-rip

Pictured: Wilson and Steve Coogan, who portrayed him in the Michael Winterbottom film "24 Hour Party People".

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