R.I.P. Tony Wilson
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.