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Tony Wilson - You're Entitled to an Opinion [Hardcover]

David Nolan
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3 Aug 2009
Tony Wilson was the co-founder of Factory Records and The Hacienda, he kick-started the careers of Joy Division, Happy Mondays and New Order, he put the Sex Pistols on television for the first time and was the inspiration behind the film 24 Hour Party People. From his unique childhood growing up with a gay father and a domineering mother to his tragically early death in 2007 after battling the NHS for a drug that could prolong his life, David Nolan investigates the lives and times of the man they called 'Mr Manchester'. Drawing on nearly 50 interviews with musicians, DJs, writers, actors, family and friends - including Wilson's partner of 17 years Yvette Livesey - You're Entitled To An Opinion...paints a picture of a unique, driven and chaotic man whose inspiration and influence is still being felt today across the worlds of music and television.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (3 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844548635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844548637
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steeped in the chaotic swirl of the Manchester music scene, David Nolan is the critically acclaimed author of Bernard Sumner: Confusion and I Swear I Was There: The Gig That Changed The World. He's also an award-winning former Granada TV producer with 150 television credits to his name including documentaries on the Sex Pistols, The Smiths and Echo and the Bunneymen.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for Anyone Who's Interested 20 Aug 2009
By C. Torr
Of all the books to have been written about Tony Wilson and the Factory story this is the first, certainly since the release of 24 Hour Party People, to avoid being either congratulatory or patronising towards its subject. Nolan, who is emerging as a specialist in writing ordinary books about extra-ordinary people, manages to convey admiration for the diverse and unusual work of Tony without sitting in judgement. The facts are crammed into this richly-researched work, presented chronologically and plainly with a few well-placed quotes from Tony, key figures in his life and Nolan himself.

Nolan's career and social life brought him close enough to Tony and his work for him to be well-informed, but he is unfazed by the notoriety and legend. At the end of Chapter 3, a brief and painful moment where Nolan becomes one with the tale, the author resists the temptation to have the last word.

Nolan appears to be the only person in Manchester who doesn't have an opinion on Tony Bloody Wilson, but makes no secret of his dislike of one of the other characters in the tale. A cutting jibe in the helpful Where Are They Now section provides the best of a laugh out loud moment in a book-long campaign that reminded me of the Horoscopes in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (which you should also read).

The best of Factory's work was like a succession of little secrets that you were the first to hear. You will feel like you are the first person to read this book; there is certainly no sign that anybody proof-read it. The final 30 pages are given over to a make-weight Factory Discography and there's a page of references where Nolan helpfully recommends that you read his other books. There's a thoughtful selection of photographs in the middle and 25p from each copy sold goes to the Christie charity so buy your own rather than borrowing it.

Essential reading for anyone who's interested.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entitled To Do Really Well 31 July 2009
Inevitable someone was going to tackle Wilson's life - but this isn't the expected book at all. Yes the Factory Records/ Hacienda stories are all here ... it's to be expected and it's thoroughly done by someone who clearly knows his stuff. But there's so much more. Wilson's childhood is well and truly revealed (first of many surprises) as are his personal entanglements, his telly career (usually overlooked, but covered here including his many triumphs and sackings)and his battle with cancer. Really brave of his partner to talk about this. The chapter where the author gives the text over to her is really moving (there's a donation to a cancer charity for every copy). There's even a breakdown of all the weird Factory catalogue numbers right down to the most obscure item for all the trainspotters. Woolly hats and menstrual timers anyone? All here. Class.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not the biog that Wilson deserved 1 Oct 2010
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Almost everything Tony said was interesting, yet this book takes its name from a boorish put-down. The prose is pedestrian. The front cover layout is horrible, as you can see here (the back cover photo almost makes up for it though). The author worked with Wilson at Granada so is much stronger on the TV than the music, which is a bit like if the New Testament dwelt on the carpentry. Another review mentioned the typos - Shaun Ryder's name is misspelt at one point. So this is not the biography Tony Wilson deserved but happily the film and the book Tony deserved (24 Hour Party People - Single Disc Edition [2002] [DVD] and 24 Hour Party People) were already in existence before he died.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better 25 May 2011
By Rakti
The content of this book is good, but to me it seems quite badly written, and there are many (i.e. not just a few) incidences of words missing from a sentence, or extra words, or the wrong words inserted. I simply cannot understand how it went to the printers in this state, and it detracted from the read. I assume the Editor was non-existent for this project, as was proof-reading. What struck me about the content, was that several of the contributors concurred that Tony Wilson wasn't very good at anything (except maybe TV presenting and swearing) yet the whole (the person) was greater than the sum of the parts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And here's mine.... 12 Sep 2010
Tony Wilson was someone who I'd heard about, seen on telly, knew he'd had something to do with the hacienda and joy division/new order, and who had some sort of manchester connection. But I wasn't an expert on his life and his influence - nor on his idiosyncracies, his foibles and his love of a quotation. Nolan's book informs, amuses and entertains - and does it through the sheer weight of research, personal knowledge and narrative structure. It's a fascinating glimpse into one man's input into a city culture which really did make waves, and it's a tale told by someone who knew him, respected him and was there or thereabouts when most of it happened. It's a book full of great interviews, great pictures, and terrific detail - and a story that took me right back to the 80s and 90s. I finished it fascinated and informed - as well as entertained and impressed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a loss 30 Jan 2014
By georgie
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Another great read, I loved it, what a shame this man has left this earth and the people that loved him
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Tony Wilson was very influential. He was involved in TV, Factory Records, Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays,The Hacienda. This book charts the rise and demise of and was a great read. If any of the above interests you, then this is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating
What a great way to get up to speed on Tony Wilson. Well written and engaging so we done for that fella
Published 2 months ago by S. Luke
3.0 out of 5 stars good book but could've and should've been better.
Mr Manchester was always interesting to watch and made everything he appeared in more interesting.The book starts off with the Author appearing very distant from the subject with a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by s
4.0 out of 5 stars bio tony wilson
Enjoyable and interesting bio. I didnt know anything about wilson outside a few basic facts but this book was well written and gave an interesting insight into wilson's life and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by maz67
5.0 out of 5 stars The late great Anthony H Wilson - a true tribute
This man was vastly under rated in the history of music in the UK. He was influential, passionate, charming and he put his money where his mouth was, usually open and... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mr. Jeffrey Farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read.
What's to say. I'm 47 so I was in the middle of the Factory era. I also spent a lot of time in Manchester in the 1980s and am a musician. Read more
Published on 19 July 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Wilson: You're Entitled to an Opinion
Much-missed, Tony Wilson was a true one-off. This affectionate, informative book is a fitting tribute to him. One criticism: quite a few typos.
Published on 25 Jan 2010 by Dave Gilmour's cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Wilson Book
Bought this as a present for a Joy Division/New Order fan-they enjoyed it and found it interesting and informative.
Published on 11 Sep 2009 by Melanie Ann Welham
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