24-hour Party People, Paperback
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"The musicians own everything. The company owns nothing. All our bands have the freedom to f**k off" Written in blood, The Factory non-contract set out the manifesto for one of the most influential and progressive record labels of our time...Manchester, 1976: Anthony Wilson, Granada TV presenter, is at an early Sex Pistols gig.

Inspired by this pivotal moment in music history, he and his friends set up Factory Records.

They go on to conquer the world with Joy Division (who become New Order) then again with the Happy Mondays.

Riding high on their success and just about keeping the business afloat, the Factory directors decide to give something back to their city, to open a club - The Hacienda.

Packed on opening night but losing money hand over fist for the first five years, The Hacienda and the Happy Mondays take their unique brand of hedonism to breaking point.

From the dawn of punk to the death of acid house, Anthony Wilson was at the centre of it all.

Love him or hate him, you can't possibly ignore him.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 8pp colour plates
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Films, cinema
  • ISBN: 9780752220253



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Between fact and legend!I have watched the 24 Hour Party People movie at least a thousand times and, recently I've bought the German Arthaus 2 disc version with (few) more bonus deleted scenes.I can sure tell that this book lives up to its name ("what the sleeve notes never tell you")! There are some scenes that without the information from the book would pass by imperceptibly (like when Tony Wilson talks to the owner of Granada TV asking for permission to present the Sex Pistols). The fact that the Brit/ Manc accent through the movie is so strong that, sometimes, it barely sounds like English gives the book more value. :)While the book claims to be based on the screenplay, it is written in an almost stream-of-conscience form. Very fun! In overall, the book is passionate about the music and the Post Punk/ Madchester scenes, making one want to look for the music that is written about. A good companion for this book is the Factory Records Communications 4 CD Box Set.R.I.P. (Rave In Parties) Tony Wilson, Mr. Manchester.