Paul Morley From Manchester with Love: The Life and Opinions of Tony Wilson

Label
faber
Released
26th November 2021

Format Info

Book

<b>Signed edition with limited edition Collectus fanzine</b>

When it comes to Tony Wilson it’s hard to think of anyone as well equipped as Paul Morley to gather together the incredible strands of his life, a life well lived. Paul Morley’s brilliant, sometimes fanciful prose documented in real time the world that Tony Wilson made – firstly as a fanzine writer and then in the NME and later in a series of rightly acclaimed books.

To write about Tony Wilson, aka Anthony H. Wilson, is to write about a number of public and private characters and personalities, a clique of unreliable narrators, constantly changing shape and form. At the helm of Factory Records and the Haçienda, Wilson unleashed landmark acts such as Joy Division and New Order into the world as he pursued myriad other creative endeavours, appointing himself a custodian of Manchester’s legacy of innovation and change.

To Paul Morley he was this and much more: bullshitting hustler, flashy showman, aesthetic adventurer, mean factory boss, self-deprecating chancer, intellectual celebrity, loyal friend, shrewd mentor, insatiable publicity seeker. It was Morley to whom Wilson left a daunting final request: to write this book.

From Manchester with Love, then, is the biography of a man who became eponymous with his city, of the music he championed and the myths he made, of love and hate, of life and death. In the cultural theatre of Manchester, Tony Wilson broke in and took centre-stage.

Writer, broadcaster, and cultural critic Paul Morley has written about music, art and entertainment since the 1970s. He wrote for the New Musical Express from 1976 to 1983 and formed the Zang Tumb Tuum record label with record producer Trevor Horn. A founding member of the Art of Noise and a member of staff at the Royal Academy of Music, he collaborated with Grace Jones on her memoirs and is the author of a number of books about music including The Age of Bowie (a Sunday Times bestseller), his history of classical music A Sound Mind (a Sunday Times Music Book of the Year) and a biography of Bob Dylan, You Lose Yourself, You Reappear.