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MANCHESTER music legend Anthony Wilson has died. Mr Wilson, who was diagnosed with cancer last year, died aged 57 following a heart attack in Christie Hospital at about 7pm last night. The former Factory Records boss had been in Christie Hospital for the last two weeks. He suffered a heart attack on Thursday and was with half a dozen family and friends, including his partner Yvette Livesey and his children when he passed away. Mr Wilson revealed he was battling kidney cancer in the M.E.N in February. He had undergone an operation to remove a kidney, underwent experimental chemotherapy which did not work and was being treated with the life-prolonging drug Sutent. After being diagnosed he was denied Sutent – which is a new drug - on the NHS and his friends set up a fund to start paying for the £3,500-a-month treatment. His family were too upset to talk last night but wanted to thank staff at the MRI and Christie who have provided “fantastic” care for him over the last few months. They also wanted to thank his friends who have supported him through his treatment. Professor Robert Hawkins, his doctor at Christie Hospital, said: “It’s very sad. He died as a result of something unrelated to his cancer. His cancer was responding well to treatment but obviously did contribute to his poor health. “He was determined to fight for funding for Sutent and it is especially sad that he has passed away as we seemed to be making some progress in the campaign. “He wasn’t fighting for funding for himself, that had been solved by his friends. His efforts were for the people coming after him so it was very generous and not easy for him because he was so unwell. “I hope that we will be able to continue what he has started.” The music mogul founded the famous Hacienda and was one of five co-founders of Factory Records, which produced bands such as New Order and the Happy Mondays during a period in the eighties dubbed `Madchester'. Born at Hope Hospital, Salford, he went to De La Salle Grammar School, Salford, and studied English at Cambridge before beginning his TV career as a trainee with ITN in 1971. He was a reporter and presenter on Granada Reports and went on to present So It Goes - the music show that first aired punk bands. He also worked on World In Action - Granada's flagship current affairs programme - and Flying Start which showcased new businesses, as well as After Dark, a late night discussion programme on Channel 4. Besides presenting, he helped to organise the annual In The City festival in Manchester which attracts musicians and critics from all over the world. And Steve Coogan played Tony in the film 24 Hour Party People, a semi-fictional account of Tony and Factory Records. More recently he has presented XFM Manchester's The Sunday Roast show and two BBC GMR shows, Ground Rules, a one-hour sports show, and Oxford Road Station, a Saturday lunch-time show.
Published in Manchester Evening News on Aug. 10, 2007.
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May 7, 2020
What would manchester be without Tony ?

You have inspired more people than you could ever know

We need you now more than ever !
August 11, 2017
Even with all the great talent Manchester can boast of, Tony Wilson comes at the top of that talent. A man with indescribable charisma, charm and an eye for whats what. You're still 'Mr.Manchester' 10 years on.
July 9, 2017
The ancient Egyptians used to say: if you say a man's name, he is alive. I take this opportunity to say, Anthony Wilson
Simon Tolley
September 17, 2016
Thanks for putting music and Manchester on the map "mr Manchester " lives on legend
October 10, 2015
Thank you for having the foresight and extraordinary musical taste you did and sharing those musical treasures you helped to nurture with the rest of us...we are very grateful
Gail Franklin
December 18, 2014
Tony, I can't describe in words what you mean to me and what you have done for my life. You are a legend and will forever remain so. The hacienda must be rebuilt! Rest in peace Tony.
robert mcpake
July 26, 2014
l love you tony see you in heaven
una devine
June 4, 2014
thanks tony, you made it happen.
stephen waring
January 18, 2014
Your spirt kept me alive. I loved you and miss you. Hope we meet again. Rest in peace.
M M U McCormack
January 17, 2014
Six and a half years seem like six and a half weeks. There's very little light left for us left behind.
A. T. Cairns
January 11, 2013
Every city.
In every nation.
Needs a Tony Wilson.
To love and hate.
Praise and admire.
Steven Shockley
October 30, 2012
You will always be remembered
Danny Thompson
October 1, 2012
Sleep tight in Factory Heaven <3
Pierce Rooney
October 1, 2012
A true legend, thank you for your amazing work with the amazing acts that you brought to us with your fellow cohorts through Factory Records !

Thanks for the music & memories !

R.I.P !
Pierce Rooney
February 4, 2012
Steven Murphy
November 4, 2010
frances mc ging
April 2, 2010
For Anthony...


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.

© Joe Fazio
~ /Joe Fazio,
Beverly Hills, California
February 3, 2010
I am a Fan of the Manchester scene and your label Factory Records for a short time now. Never had a chance to meet you. The world is a bit more boring now, without you.
February 2, 2010
Met you twice. Liked you a lot. So grateful for what you did for old Cottonopolis.
July 4, 2009
i'm a londoner in brooklyn, new york and wish i could hear your comments on what is going on here today musically. it's all been done before. impresario, journalist, everyman -- Tony, you did it right.
July 3, 2009
Tony you were a manchester legend if only everyone had the same passion for their city as you did. Thank you for your legacy altough i old enough to experience it at the time even 20-30 years on your hard work has passed down at least a generation
Jake Danesh
June 14, 2009
I'm sorry I wasn't conscious of your work at the time, but will now celebrate your career for as long as I live.

A true inspiration.
Andy Syddall
May 30, 2009
May 30, 2009
"Don't walk away in silance' you are not for sure...
carmela vazzano
April 28, 2009
Thanks for the memories and the songs. May your legacy live on.
John Fletcher
April 26, 2009
R.I.P. IAN CURTIS, and Tony. The best band to come out of that era
April 23, 2009
Hey...Antony H!

I came by not sure if the guestbook was still here.

There are still people still signing it.

Live on.
April 20, 2009
Thanks for the music, genius.
Eduardo GB
April 18, 2009
Tony, you were a true legend, and you are a true inspiration to me. I hope that up there you and Ian are at peace and making even more history. Thank you Tony im sure manchester will never ever forget you, I hope your influence will guide me in my future and i can make a difference to the music of today
Jonathan Bartlam
March 28, 2009
Thanks for what you did.
Andrea Crema
March 28, 2009
The Perfect Expression of Loss.
Tony Wilson, Gone, fragile but free, we'll remember you forever & wish you heaven eternally.

theoriginalpunks, Derby.

Postscript: '£30,000 for a table...', 'You're paying for the design!'
Ren Walker
March 21, 2009
Tony Wilson you are a legend
thanks for all the music !!!
March 1, 2009
Thank you Tony, you are one of my biggest inspiration.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gaston Schachtl
February 13, 2009
Rest in peace, may your soul be blessed Tony Wilson. Thank you for everything... and i mean it!
Anca nicodim
February 1, 2009
Rest in peace Tony,thanks for all you did for music.
January 10, 2009
Thank you for what you did.
September 24, 2008
RIP Tony. Thanks for Joy Division and some...
alison whitehouse
September 9, 2008
RIP Tony
Tom C
August 12, 2008
RIP Tony you will be sorely missed, your influnce on the manchester music scene is immense, and I'd just like to say thank you for factory records and thank you for signing bands such as Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays and Durutti Column, without which my music taste would not be what it is today.
Andrew Morris
August 6, 2008
La pasión y entrega de Tony parecen un ejemplo lejano en este mundo donde todo se decide por el mercadeo. Mereció mejor suerte al final y espero que su legado no se olvide nunca.
Vinicio Chacón
July 23, 2008
Lately I've read quite a bit about you. I have also seen quite a few interviews that you'd given. To me, you seem like such an amazing person. I've read a lot about Joy Division. Even though I have become a bit of a fan, I don't think they would have been heard by many without you... and it is deffinately a more interesting story with a personality like yours. Good luck to your family, and may you rest in peace.

Just a fan,
Stephen Barnes
Stephen Barnes
July 13, 2008
quite simply, Thank you.
Dan Peterman
June 30, 2008
In years to come you'll be remembered as 'Manchester's dad'. The kids'll miss you but your memory and spirit will continue to shape this great city. You should be very proud - God Bless.
Bill Devon
June 21, 2008
Fac Daddy you are one of the greatest Brits.
Z Sfeir
June 18, 2008
Tarde, muy tarde llegue a apreciar su trabajo... que coraje, que enorme amor por la musica. No tengo palabras si no de agradecimiento por todo lo que hizo, sin su pasion tal vez nunca hubiese llegado a nuestros oidos todos estos maravillosos grupos a los que brindo una oportunidad.
Mil Gracias.
Descanse en paz, Mr. Wilson
Jose Lopez
May 16, 2008
to a Soul serenader from the Philly Busters : Keep the Faith Tony - as you always did
Nigel Croysdale
May 15, 2008
RIP matey
Ian McMurtrie
May 8, 2008
I'm one of the unfortunate souls who never had the pleasure of meeting Tony, yet with his passion for music, creativity and artistic freedom, he touched my life, shaped my taste in music and also became something of a role model. I've managed to persuade the Hull University entertainments team to bring The Hacienda tour to the Asylum nightclub later this year, which is planned as a fitting tribute to Tony. With it, I intend to give the mature students such as myself a night of nostalgia and for the the younger generation it will be an evening of education. The students of Hull will be inspired, then go out and perform wondrous deeds. We hope Tony would approve.

Rest In Peace, Mr.Manchester, thank you for showing us the power of independence and self-belief.
Paul Hirschfield
January 8, 2008
Tony Wilson, the sweetest, most polite, extraordinarily, beautiful, most amazing eyes, mad about music, kind, gentle, fascinating teenage boy, I ever met, in mid 60s Stockport.
December 12, 2007
The Tony Wilsons of this world are few and far between.Someone who cared about art and artists,not just the almighty dollar!Factory and everything that surrounded it,should inspire us all in making culture not a commodity but a joy!
Tim McGrath
December 11, 2007
R.I.P Tony Wilson, you will be sadly missed, the music industry will never be the same without you
Vaughan Walton
December 10, 2007
R.I.P Mr Manchester
you are sadly missed.
susie roberts
November 23, 2007
Thank you Tony, how else would we ever have known what was really going on all the way down here in NZ?!
M Walker
November 17, 2007
a great man
a may
November 8, 2007
Tony Wilson was a great man, and his example of how to achieve things without compromise and without losing sight of one's original vision was one of the greatest influences on me when I started the Centre for Fortean Zoology. Without him there would be no CFZ period! Rest in peace Tony..
Jon Downes
October 31, 2007
Simon eating chicken- not relevant, but proof i wrote here
How one man came upon the entire theme tune to my life i'll never know, but maybe not signing the smiths was a tiny mistake... RIP Tony, I can only pray someone else will have as much of an impact in the North West as you did. Being a bit soppy now, but as a kid growing up in Stockport, Salford and Wigan, seeing the factory record artists from "similar" backgrounds made it my view that nothing is impossible.
Simon Turner
October 21, 2007
Like John Peel you went too soon but I bet you didn't waste a moment. I liked the uncompromising anti mainstream attitude that you maintained, and there aren't many who have the integrity to stick to their beliefs like you did
caroline jordan
October 16, 2007
what can i say im 34year old the music defined a point and set my musical taste for which i can never thankyou such a genius such a loss,sadly missed
mark culling
October 15, 2007
What a terrible loss to society. Your strong influences in music, creativity and unwavering principles helped to shape the cultures that have evolved over the past 30+ years.
You were a great man who stole the hearts of many, lost the minds of a few and gave so much without fear of depletion.
You left a massive legacy behind and the gratitude for your contribution to so many lives cannot be underplayed.
Remembering your charm and wit still warms me, and appreciating your vision and determination will continue ad infinitum.
R.I.P Tony Wilson
Too frail to wake this time
Charlotte Anders
September 24, 2007
You inspired so many different people to do so many diferent things. I thank you for the Hacienda, I will always remember the nights and days I spent at the club. thank you.
September 14, 2007
You stayed faithful to Manchester till the end. Your memory will brighten even the greyest of Mancunian skies....
Henry Prescott
September 10, 2007
Thank you for your passion, your courage, your vision and your wit. I wish I could have thanked you in person for all that you did to enrich my life. I would say rest in peace, but your restless soul will, I'm sure, keep you busy eternally.
Kevin Murphy
September 7, 2007
Thanks for everything Tony. You and your work will forever be with us in the North.
Claire Hegarty
September 3, 2007
Your memory will always live with us. You brought me so much joy to my life with your acts.Tony Wilson forever!
Pedro Gaspar
September 2, 2007
made me proud to be a northerner, a big mouth and not afraid of my own intelligence.

god bless
August 31, 2007
Thank you Tony, I do not know what would have become of us without you
Aimee Thatcher
August 30, 2007
Thank you so much for the fantastic music. Factory affected and changed my life. Tony, rest in peace. And give Ian my best regards.

Rave On. So It Goes.
August 29, 2007
Sincere condolences to Tony's family. Fond memories of a great man who put the north west on the map, musically and culturally. You will be missed.
Diane Howe
August 28, 2007
You breathed life into my favourite city with your music progeny. Yours and their spirit will live on in our hearts and minds. Thankyou.
Martino Catalano
August 27, 2007
such a tragic loss to an exceptionally talented man,a true icon of Manchester who will be missed by every Mancunian.Rest in peace in the arms of Our Lord our light and salvation
Jayne Brown
August 27, 2007
Thabks Tony for everything you put into making Manchester a true alternative Metropolis. God bless you
Harvie Gemmell
August 27, 2007
Tony thanks for all you did i remember my father bringing a signed photo of you after been interview on Granada Reports by yourself and Judy, always enjoyed programes you did.
David Cox
August 27, 2007
You did some amazing things for Manchester and I would just like to say thank you. I thought you were great.
RIP Tony.
Keeley Bamber
August 27, 2007
eternal rest give unto him o lord....and let perpetual light shine upon him rest in peace were a star.
Barbara hynch
August 27, 2007
He leaves the world a poorer place for not being in it.
Carl Sharples
August 27, 2007
Anthony Wilson you were and always will be an absolute legend.
Chris Hammond
August 26, 2007
thanks tony for everything you have done,not only for manchester but for the world. your contribution to the music scene will never be forgotten. you will be truly sadly missed.
lynda robinson
August 25, 2007
What can you say that hasn't already been said.I was on holiday when I read that Tony had passed away and yes I cried,he was part of my life,growing up watching Granada Reports,So it Goes and the Madchester.He was a one off yes Mr Manchester,lets get Whitworth St renamed.God Bless Tony for making a difference x x x
Lee Crewe
August 24, 2007
I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of Tony's death as I have been travelling and didn't realise he had been ill. He has always been a big influence on my musical tastes and loved the portrayal of him on 24Hour Party People. A very fond memory of him was on my birthday in October 05 he gave a talk at the ICA about his musical life. We had a chat about Joy Division, it was magical listening to him and a birthday I will never forget. A great man..
Lyn Yates
August 24, 2007
Thank you for bringing the music out of Manchester and to the world; it was over 20 years ago that I heard Blue Monday, and at that moment, you shaped what I listen to and provided me with my life's score. Rest in peace, Mr. Manchester.
August 24, 2007
RIP Tony, what you discovered and created changed my musical life forever, thank you, and continue to have those 24-hour parties in God's own Factory...
Mark L
August 23, 2007
Tony was a great man, i was at in the city last year and it was unforgetable. A genius and true gift to the music industry, he will be sadly missed.
David Mathers
August 23, 2007
Gone but certainly not forgotten!
Thanks for giving my generation somewhere like the Hacienda!
We know you are up there dancing!!
Rave on!!
Leanne Downes
August 23, 2007
Tony epitimised Manchester and was it's favourite son. Goodbye and thanks for everything you did for Manchester Tony...
August 23, 2007
Worked with Tony for many years. He was a consumate and true professional, a real character and colourful presenter. No one could touch him for flair, imagination, wit,probing and incisive interviewing technique, depth and breadth of knowledge. Sadly missed.
Trevor Green
August 22, 2007
Thankyou Tony you were a good mate.
Hope Wes,Joe and Gary see this
kevin dodgson
August 22, 2007
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sharon kingsman
August 22, 2007
You will be very sadly missed Tony
God Bless
Jan and family Manchester
jan hunter
August 22, 2007
Tony Wilson And Shaun Ryder
Tony, thank you so much for your part in bringing us all Factory Records and the fantastic bands, music, design, club and creativity, which all came out of it. They were truly special and exciting times to be growing up. You are a hero in my eyes and will be sorely missed. Love James X
James Moorey
August 22, 2007
Tony a true Manc Legend! Thanks for the music you have given us.

Love will tear us apart!
Matt Hopkins
August 22, 2007
What a man a true champion of Manchester and the northwest. Ill miss him.
Lawrence Pearson
August 21, 2007
will always remember mr manchester his love of the city and music i knew him a little and was always impressed with his possive spin on all things manchester
stephen garvey
August 21, 2007
Ed Semmens
August 21, 2007
tony that voice will be missed, you were a part of my growing up with both the news reports and the music industry. probably the most influencial guy for the bands i love and have respected since i was a teenager. rest in peace jacky xx
jacky whitehead
August 21, 2007
thank you
without you, our lives wouldn't be so funny! you are a cornerstone in music.
denis taquet
August 21, 2007
The world was definitely a more interesting place with Tony Wilson in it.
Jane Rupert
August 21, 2007
what more could you say than thank you Tony, how much Manchester will miss you
Simon Guest
August 21, 2007
Mr Manchester.
You gave us the very best.Don't walk away in silence Tony,You are the light that will never go out,You were a man of True Faith who didn't stand on Ceremony.
May You Rest in Piece Mr Manchester.
God Bless.
Mick Simmons
August 21, 2007
I had the privilege of working with Tony at Granada in the 1990s. Much has been written about his extraordinary contribution to youth culture and the music scene, as well as his unstinting advocacy of Manchester, but he was also a broadcaster and television producer of exceptional skills. He was a natural on camera with unrivalled range - just as comfortable interviewing Prime Ministers as discussing the latest work by the New York Dolls - and had a presence which dominated the screen. A genuine one-off, he embodied what Granada was all about - a bit bolshy, sometimes a bit self-indulgent, but passionately and proudly "from the North".
Mark Wells, Controller of Entertainment
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