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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845136349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845136345
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Definitive and comprehensive, this is the actual story of Factory Records' --Peter Saville

'Shadowplayers offers a meticulously researched year-by-year account of the label's beginnings, its triumphs and eventual dissolution. Nice brings an encyclopaedic zeal to his recollections' - --Independent

'Such a rare thing - really interesting and immensely readable. I learned a lot' --Peter Hook

'A monument, a life's work and a practical instruction for all jobbing music biographers' --Record Collector

'This book is surely the definitive study of the chaotic, praxis-driven enterprise that was Factory Communications'
--Stephen Morris

'Shadowplayers is complete and thoroughly researched but still loaded with ridiculous yarns' --The Times

'Few people can rival his knowledge of the label's history ... James Nice is uniquely placed to write the definitive chronicle of Factory Records' --Simon Reynolds

'An extraordinary story, well told' --Word

'A triumph!' --Linder Sterling

'This remarkably comprehensive overview goes deep to illuminate the storied Manc label ... a very good way to immerse in Factory's strange and inspirational story'
--Q Magazine

About the Author

James Nice is an author, journalist and record-label owner. He once worked for Factory Benelux and now administers much of the former Factory catalogue. James Nice is the author of Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records, published by Aurum in 2010.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RJW on 3 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
The definitive book on "the most culturally sophisticated label in the history of recorded sound". James Nice delivers the actual story of Factory; facts not myths. With a chapter for every year and two chapters for 1980 - bands, stories and connections previously overlooked are all featured. So often reduced to Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays and The Hacienda the story here is expanded so that The Wake warrant numerous entries in the index and The Durutti Column story is woven throughout the text and links to Belgian label Les Disques du Crepuscule are explored.Based on numerous author interviews the story from 1976 -1992 is comprehensively covered with no artist considered too small to have their part in the unfolding story portrayed.
The book may become darker and darker as the end approaches but you still leave it inspired by Factory's love of beauty and 'art over commerce' and wondering why people demand so little these days from their bands and labels.James Nice is never afraid to be objective and critical and consequently the love and admiration that the author obviously feels for the subject carries a lot of weight. When something is praised you know it is deserved.
Shadowplayers is the much needed literary equivalent to Matthew Robertson's Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album and should be read by anyone with an interest in the musical landscape of the late seventies, eighties and early nineties and anyone intrigued by those who choose to take the path less travelled.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Aug. 2010
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This is a fantastic book. It's a chunky brick of a thing, encased in a shocking pink cover with tastefully embossed silver bits, but what matters is the content. And oh, what content.

The book tells the story of Factory Records from 1976 - when the Sex Pistols first played in Manchester and Tony Wilson and friends founded the Factory Club in Hulme - right through to its dissolution in 1992. It's a fascinating story, impeccably researched and wonderfully written, which concentrates on the facts rather than the anecdotes. The story is, in some ways, horrifying: a record company run with good intentions but no written contracts, and business decisions often made on personal prejudices (such as Wilson's insistence that Dry Bar should be opened in Manchester's then run-down Northern Quarter rather than close to the university on account of the fact that he disliked students) and gut feelings as opposed to market research.

The focus throughout is Factory rather than one particular aspect, so readers hoping for the detailed story of Joy Division, New Order or the Hacienda may be disappointed, but their stories are told excellently elsewhere. I recently read - and thoroughly enjoyed - Peter Hook's book about the Hacienda, and in some ways I see that book and this as companion volumes. In this book you'll find all Factory bands are covered almost equally, with plenty on the likes of Section 25 and The Durruti Column as well as New Order and Joy Division themselves, but as this book concentrates on the record company and its numerous spin-off projects they're almost characters rather than the story itself.

Towards the end when Factory begins to collapse the story darkens, and the end is always looming on the horizon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Murphy on 30 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
Finally someone has written a real history of Factory Records that doesn't fall into the trap of unquestioningly re-hashing the myths. James Nice has produced a history of the Manchester label that gives a more substantial version of events than those previously published. Nice includes the part played by the 'lesser' lights among the Factory artists - Section 25, Stockholm Monsters, etc. - and isn't afraid to be critical of the decisions made by the company.

As a thorough and relatively academic work, 'Shadowplayers' offers a nice counterpoint to the entertaining, but one-dimensional version of events in 'Twenty Four Hour Party People' etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CA James on 21 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Comparable in scope to David Cavanagh's Creation Records biog My Magpie Eyes Are On The Prize, Shadowplayers is a major work that is the ideal companion to the DVD of the same name.

James Nice is ideally placed to write the definitive account of the label, having worked for Factory's Benelux arm, as well as curating his own label, LTM, which has re-released much of the material that Factory recorded in its short life, and safeguarding the legacy of many of the artists, including The Durutti Column, Northside, Biting Tongues, Section 25 and Revenge.

Scholarly but accessible, and shot through with mordant black humour, the book is a terrific primer for anyone with even a passing interest in post-punk, and absolutely essential reading for all Factory aficionados.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colin McCartney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Sept. 2010
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Balanced, well-paced, candid. If you've ever read the liner notes of any LTM Records (the author's own label) releases then you'll know exactly what to expect from this - and you won't be disappointed. James Nice expands these strands to 546 densely printed pages.

Wisely, Nice avoids re-telling the stories everyone already knows (Ian Curtis's suicide, Blue Monday sleeve, blah blah). Instead, he studiously assembles nuggets of information from previously published articles (some of which you will remember, some of which you won't) and his own interviews.

James himself admits that he is a fanboy, albeit a connected one - having worked for euro-Factory's sister-label Les Disques du Crepuscule. But when a fanboy writes as well as this, who needs what passes for so-called journalism?

Criticisms? Well, the black and white pictures in the middle of the book aren't up to much - I've seen most of them elsewhere. I wouldn't be surprised if Mr Nice has lots more Alan Erasmus photos lurking in Bonusprint envelopes in his Welsh dresser drawers. "A Factory Pictorial" should, perhaps, be his next project? Also, although you already know the ending, it's still a bit of a downer. There's no attempt to provide any pseudo-philosophical uplifting summation of the label's legacy by way of a conclusion: no big deal, just a bit depressing. The reader is left to make up his own mind.

My own opinion on the label (for what it's worth)? Commerce and uncompromising art didn't mix and the end result was that a lot of artists and suppliers who put their faith in Factory, went unpaid. That was wrong - irrespective of how immaculate the finished product appeared to be.

If you're a fan of the label then you need this book.
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