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Tony wilson the founder of the immortal and seminal label "factory Records" which spawned some of the most influential acts of the 70,s 80,s and early 90s such as joy division , new order and the happy mondays passed away on august the 10th 2007.


below is an excerpt from a blog posted by joy dIvision on my space


TV presenter Tony Wilson, one of the leading lights in the Manchester music scene, has died after suffering a heart attack while receiving cancer treatment aged 57.


Mr Wilson, who set up the Factory Records label and the Hacienda Club, was associated with groups like New Order and the Happy Mondays.


He was also a reporter and presenter on TV and radio in the Manchester area.


His life was depicted in the film 24 Hour Party People.


He had been suffering from kidney cancer.


Mr Wilson was surrounded by family at his when he passed away.


A spokesman for Christie Hospital in Manchester said: "Tony Wilson died peacefully at 6.05pm this evening with his family by his bedside.


"Tony was a very great supporter of the Christie and this is extremely sad news.


"We would like to extend our sympathy to Tony's family."


An outspoken campaigner for regional self-government in the North West, Wilson was passionate about his home city of Manchester.




New Order and Joy Division's Stephen Morris has paid tribute to Tony Wilson who died tonight (August 10).


The drummer's bands were both signed by the legend's Factory Records and he in turn became an important guiding force on their career.


"There would be no Joy Division or New Order without Tony," Morris told Newsnight. "He really believed in us and he was smart enough to start a label and put our records out."


He added: "He was so enthusiastic, he was always 'we'll just go ahead an do it and figure out why we did it afterwards. It was his sense of enthusiasm that was so important. You could have an argument with Tony and walk out hating him and the next time you saw him it was all forgotten. You just love him."


From signing the likes of Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays, to being a general support of exciting an innovative music, Wilson established himself as a true indie hero.



RIP tony ,


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sad....very sad....


im listening to joy division,s closer compilation now in remembrance....

i havent listened to it for years and its still very chilling music.....

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