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Tony Wilson - You're Entitled to an Opinion But. . .: The High Times and Many Lives of the Man Behind Factory Records and the Hacienda

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Tony Wilson was the co-founder of Factory Records and The Hacienda, he kick-started the careers of Joy Division, Happy Mondays and New Order, he put the Sex Pistols on television for the first time and was the inspiration behind the film 24 Hour Party People. From his unique childhood growing up with a gay father and a domineering mother to his tragically early death in 20 ...more
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Published August 1st 2010 by John Blake (first published January 1st 2009)
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Tosh
Nov 04, 2009 Tosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very quick biography on one of the shakers and movers of the late 20th Century with respect to music. Tony Wilson had two public identities. One as a TV announcer in Manchester and the other as the head of Factory Records, which is probably one of the more important record labels that came out of the British post-punk world.

Wilson's charm and strength is that he is someone from another world who had an interest in contemporary pop culture in his hometown Manchester. He wasn't a young music fa
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Tracey
May 24, 2015 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music, biog, favourites
Chapter 12 (titled TWAT) begins with the quote "When the legend becomes fact, print the Legend". This pretty much sums up the heady story of Tony Wilson's life and career. A truly great man.
James
Oct 08, 2009 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the book I'm "really" reading right now. So far, so good. I love you AHW. I need someone to write another book called "Tony Wilson Before and After Factory". Yes, that is what I need.
Adam
Jun 01, 2013 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music, bright-sparks
Pretty well written, not anoraky, well informed - a life worth writing about
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