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    David Nolan(Author)

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Tony Wilson was the co-founder of Factory Records and The Hacienda, he kick-started the careers of Joy Division, Happy Mondays and New Order, he put the Sex Pistols on television for the first time and was the inspiration behind the film 24 Hour Party People. From his unique childhood growing up with a gay father and a domineering mother to his tragically early death in 2007 after battling the NHS for a drug that could prolong his life, David Nolan investigates the lives and times of the man they called 'Mr Manchester'. Drawing on nearly 50 interviews with musicians, DJs, writers, actors, family and friends - including Wilson's partner of 17 years Yvette Livesey - You're Entitled To An Opinion...paints a picture of a unique, driven and chaotic man whose inspiration and influence is still being felt today across the worlds of music and television.

Steeped in the chaotic swirl of the Manchester music scene, David Nolan is the critically acclaimed author of Bernard Sumner: Confusion and I Swear I Was There: The Gig That Changed The World. He's also an award-winning former Granada TV producer with 150 television credits to his name including documentaries on the Sex Pistols, The Smiths and Echo and the Bunneymen.

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • David Nolan(Author)
  • John Blake Publishing Ltd; 1st Edition edition (3 Aug. 2009)
  • English
  • 8
  • Music, Stage & Screen

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  • By Guest on 4 February 2017

    If you were young and in Manchester in the 1970s & 80s, you need to read this to remind you of what you have forgotten, or to surprise yourself with what you never realised at the time. Even if you weren't, I challenge you not to be engaged by this lower middle class, Byronesque, Catholic grammar school boy made good.If you ever wondered why Manchester became such a fashionable place for students to choose in the 1990s, this man was in no small part responsibility.

  • By K. Macfarlane on 31 July 2009

    Inevitable someone was going to tackle Wilson's life - but this isn't the expected book at all. Yes the Factory Records/ Hacienda stories are all here ... it's to be expected and it's thoroughly done by someone who clearly knows his stuff. But there's so much more. Wilson's childhood is well and truly revealed (first of many surprises) as are his personal entanglements, his telly career (usually overlooked, but covered here including his many triumphs and sackings)and his battle with cancer. Really brave of his partner to talk about this. The chapter where the author gives the text over to her is really moving (there's a donation to a cancer charity for every copy). There's even a breakdown of all the weird Factory catalogue numbers right down to the most obscure item for all the trainspotters. Woolly hats and menstrual timers anyone? All here. Class.

  • By Jambro on 24 September 2016

    I knew of him as an arrogant Granada Reports reporter. He brought an understanding of the music scene within the North West. The book tells more of the real Anthony H Wilson and how much of themusic scene he had influenced. Good read the world miss him and his inspiration and his perceived arrogance. Good read.

  • By C. Torr on 20 August 2009

    Of all the books to have been written about Tony Wilson and the Factory story this is the first, certainly since the release of 24 Hour Party People, to avoid being either congratulatory or patronising towards its subject. Nolan, who is emerging as a specialist in writing ordinary books about extra-ordinary people, manages to convey admiration for the diverse and unusual work of Tony without sitting in judgement. The facts are crammed into this richly-researched work, presented chronologically and plainly with a few well-placed quotes from Tony, key figures in his life and Nolan himself.Nolan's career and social life brought him close enough to Tony and his work for him to be well-informed, but he is unfazed by the notoriety and legend. At the end of Chapter 3, a brief and painful moment where Nolan becomes one with the tale, the author resists the temptation to have the last word.Nolan appears to be the only person in Manchester who doesn't have an opinion on Tony Bloody Wilson, but makes no secret of his dislike of one of the other characters in the tale. A cutting jibe in the helpful Where Are They Now section provides the best of a laugh out loud moment in a book-long campaign that reminded me of the Horoscopes in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (which you should also read).The best of Factory's work was like a succession of little secrets that you were the first to hear. You will feel like you are the first person to read this book; there is certainly no sign that anybody proof-read it. The final 30 pages are given over to a make-weight Factory Discography and there's a page of references where Nolan helpfully recommends that you read his other books. There's a thoughtful selection of photographs in the middle and 25p from each copy sold goes to the Christie charity so buy your own rather than borrowing it.Essential reading for anyone who's interested.

  • By J. Taylor on 1 October 2010

    Almost everything Tony said was interesting, yet this book takes its name from a boorish put-down. The prose is pedestrian. The front cover layout is horrible, as you can see here (the back cover photo almost makes up for it though). The author worked with Wilson at Granada so is much stronger on the TV than the music, which is a bit like if the New Testament dwelt on the carpentry. Another review mentioned the typos - Shaun Ryder's name is misspelt at one point. So this is not the biography Tony Wilson deserved but happily the film and the book Tony deserved (24 Hour Party People - Single Disc Edition [2002] [DVD] and 24 Hour Party People) were already in existence before he died.

  • By tom speight on 13 September 2010

    Tony Wilson was someone who I'd heard about, seen on telly, knew he'd had something to do with the hacienda and joy division/new order, and who had some sort of manchester connection. But I wasn't an expert on his life and his influence - nor on his idiosyncracies, his foibles and his love of a quotation. Nolan's book informs, amuses and entertains - and does it through the sheer weight of research, personal knowledge and narrative structure. It's a fascinating glimpse into one man's input into a city culture which really did make waves, and it's a tale told by someone who knew him, respected him and was there or thereabouts when most of it happened. It's a book full of great interviews, great pictures, and terrific detail - and a story that took me right back to the 80s and 90s. I finished it fascinated and informed - as well as entertained and impressed.


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