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Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records Hardcover – 6 May 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845135407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845135409
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,067,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`Familiar Manchester music saga retold in epic detail' 4 STARS -- Q Magazine

`...detailed history unfolds the tangled tale of how Factory produced music that helped to shape the scene way beyond Manchester's Hacienda' -- Waterstone's Books Quarterly

'...a very good way to immerse in its strange and inspirational story' 4 STARS
-- Mojo

"Shadowplayers is an immaculately researched history of a label born in 1978 with Joy Division and whose later peaks- New Order, the Hacienda's acid house hedonism and Happy Mondays- are as interesting as the famous, financially induced troughs" - Ben East -- Metro Scotland

"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 of such fleeting musical oddities as Crawling Chaos, Swamp Children, Biting Tongues and The Wendys, alongside Factory's more famous players." --The Independent

Factory was no Motown, you're reminded of the distictly patchy nature of much of their musical output but this is an extraordinary story, well told.
-- Word Magazine

Shadowplayers is an immaculately researched history of a label born in 1978 with Joy Division
-- Metro Scotland

`Knockout Read' --The Coventry Telegraph, 8th June 2011

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.

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