Tony Wilson: What Was And Will Be at Mirth, Marvel And Maud

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A decade on Tony Wilson's untimely passing we examine the man, the myth and his legacy. Paul Morley writes: "Without Wilson there may well have been in some form Joy Division, and Factory, and New Order, and the Hacienda, and Happy Mondays. There may well have been Peter Saville's dream designs, and Martin Hannett's timeless production, and a Manchester that managed to move on from its sad post-industrial decline. But none of it would have been so far-fetched, so dramatic and so fantastic." Ahead of the publication of his long-awaited biography, author and broadcaster Paul Morley will give a talk about the man and his impact. Kevin Cummins who more than most helped turn Ian Curtis from man to Icon and made defining images of bands on Factory, Manchester and beyond will discuss Tony through the lens. From Boethius to Debord via Marx, Factory was the most consciously philosphical of record labels and Wilson never short of a well chosen aphorism. We have asked Dr Jennifer Otter-Bickerdike, Culture critic, writer, broadcaster, author of three books on fan culture and Joy Division to explain. Our panel of friends and occasional foes will discuss the Tony they knew and imagine what he would be doing today. Chaired by John Robb, former Buzzcocks manager Richard Boon, , Rowetta (Happy Mondays) James Endeacott and Dr Jennifer will discuss the legacy. It is however all about the music so once the talking is over we'll be dancing to the sounds that changed the world from Factory thru the Hacienda with Dominic Mandrell and Domestic Exile DJ's filtering the Fac numbers and Kat Richmond tracing the influence of Detroit, the 303 and 808.

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Mirth, Marvel and Maud

186 Hoe Street
E17 4QH
+44 (0)20 8520 8636
Public transport:
Walthamstow Central, Underground

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