3 Oct 2010
Book launch 
To coincide with the launch of her book Mr Manchester and the Factory Girl: The Story of Tony and Lindsay Wilson, Lindsay Reade will be joined by a celebrity panel - including Peter Hook and Elliot Rashman - to discuss her book’s perspective on the life and work of Tony Wilson at FAC251 The Factory on October 13th 2010.

"This heartfelt and searingly honest memoir details the relationship between legendary music impresario Tony Wilson and his first wife, Lindsay Reade.

In 2007 Manchester figurehead and music-industry veteran Tony Wilson passed away at the age of fifty-seven, following a battle with cancer. Thirty years earlier, he married his first wife Lindsay Reade, and the couple’s passionate, volatile but indelible bond was to endure until the very end, played out against the ever-shifting backdrop of a city whose musical legacy defined generations.

Here, for the first time, Lindsay tells the full story of her and Tony’s marriage, divorce, and subsequent lifelong connection, giving a candid and moving account of two lives lived in the midst of a musical and cultural revolution; of two people who went their separate ways but never truly separated.

Through a frank examination of her own memories and those of the people with whom she shared the experience, Reade details pivotal moments in Manchester’s history, from the birth of the seventies punk scene to the founding of Factory Records, from the recording of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures to her role in the discovery of the Stone Roses, from the opening of the Hacienda and the subsequent emergence of the ‘Madchester’ scene to the making of 24 Hour Party People.

A poignant chronicle of love and loss, Mr Manchester and the Factory Girl also presents an incisive portrait of the unique individuals and often fraught relationships that shaped the life of a modern legend."

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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

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