The death of Tony Wilson on Friday has British music fans in mourning.
Tony founded Hacienda club and Factory Records in Manchester. The film 24 Hour Party People was a dramatisation of those times, with Steve Coogan playing Tony.
Wilson’s death follows his being diagnosed with cancer last year and emergency surgery to remove a kidney in January.
After chemotherapy failed to alter the course of the disease doctors pointed him in the direction of the drug Sudent – a £3,500 per month programme that the NHS refused to bankroll.
Funds to pay for the treatment were raised by bands that Wilson had helped over the years – such as The Happy Mondays – but ultimately he was never to recover.
“Part of me, part of Manchester, part of modern British music has died tonight,” lamented former Factory cohort Phil Saxe.
“Tony was a genius, basically.”
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