I feel sad …

… that Tony Wilson has died especially after just moaning about how much a pair of Hacienda trainers cost (see below). What I didn’t know at the time was that Wilson was suffering from kidney cancer and couldn’t afford the treatment. It’s not clear that the Hacienda trainers were to raise money for him, I hope they were.

Wilson was a maverick, pretentious, visionary. A true talking head and a proud northerner. I always admired the way he kept Factory Records – the best record label of all time – in Manchester. He also helped discover and promote many of my favourite bands.

RIP Anthony H Wilson.

Above right: Wilson (top right) in a mosaic by Mark Kennedy, located in Tib Street, Manchester. Casualidades / Manchester.
Originally uploaded by lagoliero

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