Factory Records founder Anthony Wilson dies from cancer

Posted on 14/08/07

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Factory Records founder Anthony Wilson dies from cancerAnthony Wilson, who founded Factory records, the label behind New Order and the Happy Mondays, has died on 10 August 2007 aged 57, due to complications arising from kidney cancer. Wilson was the manager of many bands, including A Certain Ratio and The Durutti Column, and was part owner and manager of Factory Records, home of the Happy Mondays and Joy Division (later New Order). He also founded and managed The Haçienda (FAC51) nightclub and Dry (FAC201) bar, together forming a central part of the music and cultural scene of Manchester. A semi-fictionalized version of his life and of the surrounding era was made into the 2002 film, "24 Hour Party People", which stars the comedian Steve Coogan as Wilson.

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