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Summary

Critically acclaimed and best-selling author Paul Morley's long-awaited biography of Factory Records co-founder and Manchester icon Tony Wilson.

'When forced to pick between truth and legend, print the legend.' (Tony Wilson)

To write about Tony Wilson, a.k.a. Anthony H. Wilson, is to write about a number of public and private characters and personalities, a clique of unreliable narrators, constantly changing shape and form. At the helm of Factory Records and the Haçienda, Wilson unleashed landmark acts such as Joy Division and New Order into the world as he pursued myriad other creative endeavours, appointing himself a custodian of Manchester's legacy of innovation and change.

To Paul Morley he was this and much more: bullshitting hustler, flashy showman, aesthetic adventurer, mean factory boss, self-deprecating chancer, intellectual celebrity, loyal friend, shrewd mentor, insatiable publicity seeker. It was Morley to whom Wilson left a daunting final request: to write this audiobook.

From Manchester with Love, then, is the biography of a man who became eponymous with his city, of the music he championed and the myths he made, of love and hate, of life and death. In the cultural theatre of Manchester, Tony Wilson broke in and took centre stage.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Paul Morley (P)2021 Faber Audio

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"Reading From Manchester With Love I feel I understand the times we've lived through differently, better and from new angles. The writing is compelling and musical, befitting its extraordinary subject. I never met Tony Wilson, but now I feel as though I knew him well - and I'm sorry that I didn't." (Brian Eno)

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An unconventional account of an unconventional man

I think Tony Wilson would have liked this book. It plays to his pretentions. Those who want a straightforward retelling of the Factory saga will be disappointed. When the story finally winds around to Joy Division and New Order, the details become sparse. There is only limited discussion of their music, but this is deliberate. There have been enough accounts of this. This is an investigation of the tumbling words and schemes of a man. If you want to read a lot about situationism this is for you. If you don't. It might not. At times the portrait provided is not flattering, but Morley writes beautifully about his passing and I found myself wiping away the tears. Tony Wilson comes across as infuriating and endearing. Horrible to his partners, but the father of two great kids. In summary, I think Tony Wilson would have liked this book.

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A travesty..,

…that I was able to listen to all 20+ hours of this excellent audiobook for the measly price of a monthly Audible subscription. Someone tell Paul Morley he’s been robbed!

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Way better than I expected

I was never a fan of the pretentious writings of the NME, and hence Morley, but I've always been intrigued by the contradictory personalities of Tony Wilson so this bio presented a bit of a dilemma. Initially I didn't buy it, but later decided to give it a go. I'm glad I did.

I think what Morley needs is an editor to remove some of his flights of fancy and to cut down some of the irritating streams of adjectives. Then he'd have a five star book rather than a four.

But the important thing here is that I felt I finally got to understand Tony Wilson because the way Morley put it all across on the whole was excellent. Aside from just a couple of chapters that I skipped, because they went off on obscure tangents, I enjoyed this book very much. I might even be tempted to buy another Morley book now. Yikes.

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Mr Manchester

To Paul What a great book mate Thank you To Tony, the man who help shape my early life with his part in the amazing creation FAC51. RIP. You will always be Manchester, of The North.

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FAC Totem ;o)

Wilson writ large, as seen from various viewpoints, by an author whose insider perspective alternately enlightens then annoys. Unashamedly biased in Wilson's favour but no less of a representation of him for all that. A valuable companion to the books by Hook, Morris et al.

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So It's Gone.

WHAT A POTATO of a story... I wish I was there and for 19 hours I was.

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Over written waffle, hard to follow arty farty nonsense. So disappointed, I was really looking forward to this book

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Hagiography

Could have been brilliant. Might have been had Dave Haslam written it. Getting the author to read this was a bad idea.

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I’ve listened twice but can’t understand this book.I thought it was about MCR the history of music, sorry but not for me

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A must for Mancophiles and Factory lovers alike

Sometimes a tough listen, chewy and occasionally a bit too clever. But half history lesson and half biography. Fascinating and at times brutally cutting. The story of Tony's death was at bit too close for comfort. Compelling and essential.

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The biography Tony would have wanted

Thank you Paul, for writing this book. This book fills in all the missing pieces and wider context to understand Tony Wilson and the Manchester before, during and after his life.