While listening to the bizarre but enjoyable Bob Dylan’s theme time radio hour last night on BBC 6 Music, we heard that Tony Wilson has died.
I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say this marks the end of an era – he worked to raise the profile of Manchester and its musicians for as long as I’ve been alive.
You can read more about him at the Manchester Evening News, and Radio 4 this morning interviewed Stephen Morris from New Order about him – quotes from that interview seem to have been used for this article.
I went to university in Manchester and for me one of the most exciting things about arriving there for the start of my course was being in the place where so much of my favourite music had come from. We went to the Hacienda on Tuesday nights for indie night, and Dry Bar – both of which were numbered in the same system used to number all the music put out by Factory Records (FAC 51 and 201 respectively).