Anthony H Wilson: Broadcaster and Co-Founder of Factory Records
One of the most famous and influential of Manchester people, Anthony H Wilson is synonymous with the city's pre-eminence in music, media and nightlife.
In his childhood he grew up with rock 'n roll and the Beatles, and during a remarkable 27 year media career, he experienced two more seismic movements in popular music. According to his "13 year cycle" theory he hopes soon to witness a fifth!
Anthony Wilson founded the famous Hacienda night club (now closed) and was one of the five co-founders of Factory records - a label that set the trend not only in music, but also by pioneering a minimalist style of graphic and interior design. Factory's stark northern industrial chic was the counterpoint to London, and helped turn Manchester into (arguably) the music and night club capital of the world.
Born: Feb 20, 1950 Hope Hospital Salford Place of residence: City Centre Secondary School: De La Salle Grammar School, Salford Degree: 68 -71 Studied English at Cambridge - edited University newspaper
Career: ITN Traineeship 1971-73, Granada TV presenter 73 to the present TV programmes presented: So It Goes - the music show that first aired punk World In Action - Granada's flagship current affairs programme Flying Start - showcasing new businesses After Dark - Late night discussion on Channel 4 Up Front - Lively audience discussion show broadcast regionally & many more...
What makes Manchester unique, particularly in music?
Because of the hospitality to outside people and influences. Beacuse Manchester kids have the best record collections... (See excerpts)
Which places in Manchester do you like to go?
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