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5.0 out of 5 stars And here's mine...., 13 Sep 2010
This review is from: Tony Wilson: You're Entitled to an Opinion (Paperback)
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, warm, educational and made me cry a bit., 23 May 2013
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As a Salford lad who grew up around the house scene and Manchester's cultural and actual explosions I thought I knew quite a bit about Tony Wilson, turns out I didn't. This book is written in a warm yet often blunt way towards Wilson. It often reveals some tender moments and humanises him more than some of the other books. A pleasant surprise for me was seeing a former college of mine regularly quoted about his time working with Wilson at Granada.

I read this from cover to cover on a train trip to London and was left a little emotional about his passing and also frustrated that since Wilson Manchester has never really had anyone who was truly connected into the city's veins.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book ; great value !, 21 Oct 2011
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This is a great book, well written and easy to read. I found out many things about Tony Wilson (TW) that I had not previously gleaned from other sources like tv and internet. The author's admiration and affection for TW shines throughout. However, there is an undercurrent of inverted snobbery, with TW referred to as "posh" and/or "posh-talking". In reality, virtually all news presenters at that time in the north-west were well-spoken middle-class folk ie Stuart Hall, Richard Madeley, Judy Finnegan, Lucy Meacock and Gordon Burns. Likewise, many music industry bigwigs have come from privileged backgrounds eg Brian Epstein, George Martin, Pete Jenner and Simon Cowell. So TW was by no means unusual, doing what he did, class-wise ! Strangely, towards the end of his tv career, I noticed a slight Manc accent in his voice ...

The Factory catalogue at the end of the book is useful and interesting, although dates for each FAC "event" are sadly missing.

The incident in the "24 Hour Party People" film-comedy where TW is attacked in the Factory boardroom by Rob Gretton - I still don't know whether that is true or not ...

Finally, what a sad indictment of Manchester folk, lots of whom, according to this book, used to insult TW on the street - so much for the "friendly northener" stereotype ! Actually, some of those name-callers must have done it in jest but was Tony to know ? Some Liverpudlians did not like TW but TW didn't hate Liverpool, he simply wanted to tease and provoke ; he had the extreme nerve, bravery and love of an argument to criticise the "attitude" of an element of aggressive and isolationist Scousers ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars tony wilson book, 12 Jan 2013
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interesting book, certainly an insight into the man himself. nicely written too, more of a kind of reference material. highly enjoyable too.
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