Sunday, August 12, 2007

R.I.P. Tony Wilson

Film in play: 24 Hour Party People.

Tony Wilson died yesterday at the age of 57. Wilson had been a television show host in the city of Manchester, England. Wilson was responsible for starting up the "Madchester" scene that had been kick started by bands like Joy Division and New Order and gave rise to bands like Inspiral Carpets, the Happy Mondays, etc. "Madchester" didn't really have much of an impact on bands here in Vancouver, (if in Canada or the USA at all) but it was quite the scene in the UK in the late 80's and early 90's and was one of the major contributors to rave and dance culture.
24 Hour Party People is playing on Showcase at the moment as part of a promotion for the IFC channel. 24HPP is a semi-fictionalised film about Wilson and the rise "Madchester". Worth watching even if you can't stand the music that came out of the Manchester scene. Whatever your opinion of Wilson as a man, producer, promoter, etc is: you have to give him his due for his monumental efforts to try and get things going and to make things work in his favourite city.
Read The Guardian's Obituary.


Anonymous Timothy O. said...

Never got into "Madchester" but that is way too young to die. Part of me has to rmember that Tony Wilson is not in fact Steve Coogan. Steve Coogan is still alive.

12 August, 2007 21:06  
Blogger Magnus said...

Yeah, I know what you mean - Coogan was great in his role.
I liked some of what the Manchester scene had to offer and some of the early "Britpop" stuff from the late 80's and early 90's, but by no means did I like all of it.

14 August, 2007 10:26  
Blogger Geosomin said...

I loved the stuff...

16 August, 2007 09:19  

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