Factory: The Story of the Record Label

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Random House, Jul 11, 2011 - Music - 480 pages
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Factory Records' fame and fortune were based on two bands - Joy Division and New Order - and one personality - that of its director, Tony Wilson. At the height of the label's success in the late 1980s, it ran its own club, the legendary Hašienda, had a string of international hit records, and was admired and emulated around the world. But by the 1990s the story had changed. The back catalogue was sold off, top bands New Order and Happy Mondays were in disarray, and the Hašienda was shut down by the police.

Critically acclaimed on its original publication in 1996, this book tells the complete story of Factory Records' spectacular history, from the label's birth in 1970s Manchester, through its '80s heyday and '90s demise. Now updated to include new material on the re-emergence of Joy Division, the death of Tony Wilson and the legacy of Factory Records, it draws on exclusive interviews with the major players to give a fascinating insight into the unique personalities and chaotic reality behind one of the UK's most influential and successful independent record labels.

 

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Contents

IAN CURTIS
TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD
Chapter Ten
SECOND GLAM AGE POSTINDUSTRIAL MANCHESTER
WITH HANNETT THE LAST TIME
Chapter Eleven
IN THE BEGINNING
Chapter Twelve

FACTORY TOO 1996
MANCHESTER THE LOOK OF IT
Chapter Two
TUESDAY 20 JULY 1976
Chapter Three
THE WYTHENSHAWE CONNECTION
Chapter Four
IAN CURTIS THE ENIGMA
Chapter Five
THE MANCHESTER PUNK SCENE
MORLEY AND THE PRESS GANG
WARSAW EARLY SIGHTINGS
ROB GRETTON
THE FINAL WEEKEND OF THE ELECTRIC CIRCUS
Chapter Six
THE GHOSTS OF LITTLE PETER STREET
THE RUSSELL CLUB AND THE BIRTH OF FACTORY
JOY DIVISION AND FACTORY
Chapter Seven
MORE ON HANNETT GENIUS IS A PAIN
JULY 1979 UNKNOWN PLEASURES RELEASED
LIFE AT THE FACTORY
TRANSMISSION
Chapter Eight
TO EACH
HANNETT AND THE RATIOS
27 DECEMBER 1978
A SMATTERING OF GIGS AND THE MOVEMENT WITH NO NAME
A MOVEMENT WITH NO NAME AND A FESTIVAL WITH NO PEOPLE
22 SEPTEMBER 1979
Chapter Nine
8 APRIL 1980
ROB GRETTON THE WEEK BEFORE
Chapter Thirteen
DURUTTI COLUMN 1985
LOW LIFE THE LACK OF SPIRIT OF 85
SHELL SHOCK DECEMBER 1985
ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA 1986
JAPAN
Chapter Fourteen
BRUMMIE ON THE RUN
Chapter Fifteen
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS 30 JANUARY 1991
Chapter Sixteen
THE FESTIVAL OF THE TENTH SUMMER 1986
EMPLOYEES FAC PEOPLE
MIDTERM GRETTON DECEMBER 1987
MARCH 1988
TECHNIQUE 1989
IN THE CITY THE MUSIC BUSINESS COMES TO MANCHESTER
899091 GOOD YEARS FOR THE MONDAYS
Chapter Seventeen
FACTORY CLOSURE
NEW ORDER POWER CORRUPTION AND LIES?
PUSHING PLUGGING AND PROMOTING
Chapter Eighteen
GETTING AWAY WITH IT
THE TOWNIES
FACTORY TOO
Chapter Nineteen
THIS IS THE END BEAUTIFUL FRIEND
Discography
Acknowledgements
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Mick Middles is the author of nineteen books, most of which have concentrated on Manchester's music artists from punk to the present. He was the Manchester correspondent for Sounds magazine and his work has appeared in publications as diverse as the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, the Express, Manchester Evening News, the Face, Kerraang, Classic Rock, Record Collector and Rock'n'Reel. He lives in Warrington.

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