Tony Wilson Dead At 57
August 13, 2007 at 5:29 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of MANCHESTER music legend TONY WILSON, the founder of FACTORY RECORDS and the HACIENDA nightclub, who died FRIDAY (8/10) of a heart attack due to complications from kidney cancer at 57.
WILSON was a reporter and music show host on GRANADA TV in MANCHESTER for many years even while founding the FACTORY imprint to release music by JOY DIVISION/NEW ORDER, HAPPY MONDAYS, and other bands, and was considered the father of the "MADCHESTER" music scene. His life, in highly fanciful and fictionalized form, was dramatized in the successful 2002 film "24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE," directed by MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM and starring STEVE COOGAN as WILSON; WILSON later wrote a novelization of the film.
While continuing to host and report for GRANADA, CHANNEL 4, MTV EUROPE, the BBC, and MANCHESTER UNITED's MUTV, WILSON also hosted a weekly show, "SUNDAY ROAST," on GCAP MEDIA Alternative XFM/MANCHESTER.