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RIP: Tony Wilson

Factory Records founder Tony Wilson has died of cancer at the age of 57.

He was diagnosed last year during a routine visit to the doctor, and underwent emergency surgery in January to remove a kidney. He passed away on Friday.

The Salford-born entrepreneur started out as a broadcaster with Granada Television, but has touched virtually every aspect of the Manchester and wider UK music scenes; from signing and managing Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays and launching the Hacienda nightclub, to masterminding the In The City music industry event in recent years. Wilson and the Factory Records era were the subject of the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People.

The following clip is from a Granada TV documentary about Wilson, put out in conjunction with the movie.

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