8 Sep 2007
Tony Wilson obituaries in the music magazines 
The new (October) editions of Mojo, Q and Uncut have just been published and all contain obituaries of Tony Wilson. Here are a few extracts:

Steve Lamacq in Mojo

"Everything that Manchester's got today as a top rock 'n' roll metropolis is down to Tony Wilson," says punk poet John Cooper Clarke, who knew Wilson for 30 years. "He was a guy who had a lot of time for everybody. There was a guy who was in it for the music. The guy was a saint. He should have been minted."

Stephen Morris of New Order in Q Magazine

"When the news of his death broke, Manchester Town Hall flew its glag at half-mast. He'd have loved that. There ought to be a monument to him. Perhaps a statue with a Factory FAC catalogue number. Would New Order reform for a memorial tribute gig? That's not for me to say, but Tony's death certainly puts things in perspective. Life is too short."

Stephen Dalton in Uncut

He was a great catalyst, a champion bullshitter and a pretty terrible businessman. He was also a dream interview. "Don't print this," he once told me, "but all musicians are cunts."

"He saw himself as a patron of the arts rather than a record company boss," New Order's Bernard Sumner told me recently.

Tony Wilson was a smart self-publicist, sometimes a bolshie gobshite, often wildly and brilliantly wrong. But ultimately, he spent his career promoting the city of his birth and the talent of its citizens. A noble man and a true original.

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

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