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Factory: The Story of the Record Label
by Mick Middles
Factory Records' fame and fortune were based on two bands - Joy Division and New Order - and one personality - that of its director, Tony Wilson. At the height of the label's success in the late 1980s, it ran its own club, the legendary Haçienda, had a string of international hit records, and was admired and emulated around the world. But by the 1990s the story had changed ...more
Paperback, 452 pages
Published May 7th 2009 by Virgin Books
(first published September 1996)
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A thoroughly enjoyable romp through the potted and eccentric history of the Factory label told with verve, wit and nostalgic warmth. Set against the backdrop of the punk explosion and the subsequent evolution of electronic dance music, the book deals honestly with the unlikely rise and fall of the label, its fractious relationships with some of its more memorable alumni, and recounts the curious history of the hacienda, Manchester's revolutionary nightclub venue.
its been so long since i read this, but i remember i was really into joy division at the time and it had so many details on things that went on with factory records. there were personalities of people well documented i think, and the processes things went through to how they happen. it seemed even handed enough if i can remember correctly.
Less a conventional JD/NO bio than a cultural history of the 70's/80's/early 90's Manchester music scene using them and Factory records as a focal point. Mick Middles is Manchester's indigenous music writer as his bio of the Fall (co-written w/MES) and more recent bio of Ian Curtis (co-written w/Lindsay Reade) ably demonstrate.
Excellent account of the most successful poorly run business in the world! You would swear it was fiction if you were not aware of the players in this story, Tony Wilson, Peter Saville, Alan Erasmus, Joy Division/New Order, The Happy Mondays. Brilliant book!
An interesting and in-depth look at the Manchester music scene from the 1970s to the 1990s. I've been listening to New Order (one of my favourite bands) and Joy Division a lot recently and it is great to learn more about history of these bands and their members.
Jul 24, 2015 Spiros rated it liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of chaos
A good template for the film 24 Hour Party People, this book somehow manages to feel both exhaustive and sketchy. I feel as though I've lived through the entire history of Factory, and yet I feel there are some gaping holes, especially around the Joy Division and New Order recordings.