If you’ve seen movies like 24 Hour Party people or read anything about the music of Manchester (including Factory Records), you’ll know about Tony Wilson. No one did as much to promote that city’s music has he did.
Joy Division, New Order, James, the Happy Mondays and many, many others received Tony’s attention at Factory–a label famous for never requiring contracts. Naturally, they went bankrupt. Twice. And let’s not even discuss the financial fiasco that was the Hacienda.
Tony died on August 10, 2007, and hasn’t been forgotten. In fact, a ton of people have come together to create a special memorial fund. The Manchester Evening News points to this video about the project.
Read more here. (Via Lee)