Tony Wilson passed this earth on Friday 8.10 and strangely enough, I was in a club that night when one of my favorite Joy Division songs started playing over the stereo system and I couldn’t help but think how great the song still sounded this many years after its original release, and how much of an impact those guys have had over the years. In addition to managing Joy Division/New Order and The Happy Mondays, the scene that he created with those bands and his other contributions such as the Factory Label and the “In The City” music festival have had a lasting impact that is still very evident in the current modern music scene. I just recently watched 24 Hour Party People, which is loosely based on the scene that he was a part of and responsible for creating, and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in some entertaining and partially historical representation of his contributions to that popular Manchester scene in the 80′s.
Tony unfortunately succumbed to deteriorating health conditions as a result of his battle with cancer of the kidneys, and I’m sure that I am in one in many that are saying, “Mr Manchester” will be missed.
Mp3â–ºâ–ºJoy Divisions ‘Shadow Play’
Trailer for 24 Hour Party People
Interview with Tony Wilson