Exactly three years ago, on August 10th of 2007, a city began to mourn as the inimitable Tony Wilson lost his battle with cancer and passed away. As music journalist and co-founder of both Factory Records and The Haçienda, Wilson’s enormous influence on the Manchester music scene – and in turn the city in general – was, and still is, undeniable. He wrote the following letter in 1978 to Rob Gretton, just a few days after seeing an impressive young local band play live; the band – Joy Division – signed to Factory soon afterwards. The rest is history.
Transcript follows. Many thanks to Ian Paton.
GRANADA TELEVISION LIMITED
A MEMBER OF GRANADA GROUP LIMITED
Manchester M60 9EA Telephone: 061-832 7211
19 April 1978
Thanks for the photostat.
I am not quite sure whether it is interesting or amusing; probably both. I am totally in agreement, Joy Division are the best thing I have heard in Manchester for about six months.
(Signed, ‘Tony Wilson’)
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