Tony Wilson - You're Entitled to an Opinion Hardcover – 3 Aug 2009
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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 ...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny cutting and very informative just like the man bimselfPublished 6 months ago by Alan jolliffe
Well you pays your money you take a chance..haha this cost me 1p second hand and a couple of quid for post!
Arrived mint condition (thank you! Read more
What a great way to get up to speed on Tony Wilson. Well written and engaging so we done for that fellaPublished 23 months ago by S. Luke
Another great read, I loved it, what a shame this man has left this earth and the people that loved himPublished on 30 Jan. 2014 by georgie
Tony Wilson was very influential. He was involved in TV, Factory Records, Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays,The Hacienda. Read morePublished on 13 July 2013 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on 27 Jun. 2013 by s