Saturday, August 11, 2007

Tony Wilson

What a sad and sudden event. Legendary Mancunian Tony Wilson, co-founder/part-owner/manager of Factory Records and The Ha├žienda nightclub (which I just discussed in my last post), passed away today at the tragically young age of 57 from a heart attack.

I don't really know what to say about this news. His death is a major loss and I'm really sad to hear that his life was cut so short. He was already battling kidney cancer this year and so his last few months had been difficult, but he seemed to be recovering well. His fatal heart attack, however, was not actually related to the cancer (at least not directly).

Tony Wilson was a legend, and he and the rest of the Factory Records group changed the face of music for so many of us growing up in the 80s and 90s. This is just such a sad and heartbreaking turn of events - and after just celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Ha├žienda, too.

You can read more about Tony Wilson at the link above and in this article in the Guardian written today after his death.

And I'll leave you with a Happy Mondays song: "24 Hour Party People" (listen / download).


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