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From Manchester with Love

Paul Morley

Critically-acclaimed and bestselling author Paul Morley’s long-awaited biography of Factory Records co-founder and Manchester icon Tony Wilson.

Format
Audio book
ISBN
9780571375547
Date Published
19.10.2021
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Summary

THE UNCUT #1 BOOK OF THE YEAR
A NEW STATESMAN and MOJO BOOK OF THE YEAR

‘Reading From Manchester With Love I feel I understand the times we’ve lived through differently, better, and from new angles. The writing is compelling and musical, befitting its extraordinary subject. I never met Tony Wilson, but now I feel as though I knew him well — and I’m sorry that I didn’t.’
BRIAN ENO

From Manchester with Love is the perfect monument.’
SUNDAY TIMES

‘Paul Morley’s writing has been delighting and exasperating me since his NME work in the late 1970s . . . From Manchester with Love is by far his best book.’
STUART MACONIE, NEW STATESMAN (Books of the Year)

Critically-acclaimed and bestselling author Paul Morley’s long-awaited biography of Factory Records co-founder and Manchester icon Tony Wilson.

‘When forced to pick between truth and legend, print the legend.’ Tony Wilson

To write about Tony Wilson, AKA Anthony H. Wilson, is to write about a number of public and private characters and personalities, a clique of unreliable narrators, constantly changing shape and form. At the helm of Factory Records and the Haçienda, Wilson unleashed landmark acts such as Joy Division and New Order into the world as he pursued myriad other creative endeavours, appointing himself a custodian of Manchester’s legacy of innovation and change.

To Paul Morley he was this and much more: bullshitting hustler, flashy showman, aesthetic adventurer, mean factory boss, self-deprecating chancer, intellectual celebrity, loyal friend, shrewd mentor, insatiable publicity seeker. It was Morley to whom Wilson left a daunting final request: to write this book.

From Manchester With Love, then, is the biography of a man who became eponymous with his city, of the music he championed and the myths he made, of love and hate, of life and death. In the cultural theatre of Manchester, Tony Wilson broke in and took centre-stage.

‘Epic . . . More than a mind map, the book’s peculiarity and expanse and, yes, love, means it becomes an immersive experience. I found it very moving indeed.’
OBSERVER

‘Morley’s biography is as illuminating on Wilson’s strange ability to hold others in his orbit, even after his death, as it is on the story of his life . . . fascinating.’
THE SPECTATOR

‘As much a (brilliant) biography of Manchester as it is of Tony Wilson . . . It’s a fantastically written, sprawling, superbly research book that’s both heartfelt tribute and essential reference work.’
CLASSIC ROCK

‘A gigantic, haphazard and unexpectedly emotional monolith dedicated to the “irritating dilettante”, “pretentious charlatan” and “huckster extraordinaire” who put his city on the musical map . . . Here he burns on fantastically bright.’
UNCUT (9/10)

‘This is no ordinary biography . . . [From Manchester with Love] is a work unto itself, solidifying Tony Wilson as a postmodern hero . . . it’s brilliant . . . I have to imagine Tony Wilson (if ghosts of dead impresarios read from their graves) is pleased with From Manchester with Love.’
LOUDER THAN WAR

‘Written with Technicolour perspective, humour, pathos and empathy in fluid, immensely readable prose, it is a book that does justice to Wilson’s memory and enduring influence.’
RECORD COLLECTOR (5/5)

‘Captivating . . . Across 600 pages, each of the 51 chapters weaves dream states with journalistic investigation, a tale of how one human being, with the help of like-minded spirits, psychically co-opted an entire city.’
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Critic Reviews

Paul Morley writes about things you thought you knew about — and then shows you so many new facets. Reading From Manchester With Love I feel I understand the times we’ve lived through differently, better, and from new angles. The writing is compelling and musical, befitting its extraordinary subject. I never met Tony Wilson, but now I feel as though I knew him well — and I’m sorry that I didn’t.

Brian Eno
Critic Reviews

Eye-opening . . . In this bracing and often surprisingly tender biography, Paul Morley hits all the points between the graffiti and the gravestone, finding more than two sides to Wilson’s mercurial story . . . From Manchester with Love is the perfect monument.

Victoria Segal, Sunday Times
Critic Reviews

From Manchester With Love is like Wilson in that it assumes the same of its reader: intelligence, bloody-mindedness, a romantic, revolutionary soul. It requires concentration, mixing, as it does, careful interviewing with flights of fancy, revealing detail with time-travelling description. More than a mind map, the book’s peculiarity and expanse and, yes, love, means it becomes an immersive experience. I found it very moving indeed.

Miranda Sawyer, Observer
Critic Reviews

Paul Morley’s writing has been delighting and exasperating me since his NME work in the late 1970s. His biography of Anthony H Wilson – TV presenter, music entrepreneur and evangelist, provocateur – From Manchester with Love is by far his best book; the narrative of the man’s life keeps Morley’s wildly digressive style taut(ish). It is not just a “biog” but the story of a city’s history and culture and a unique and disappearing figure: the engaged working-class intellectual challenging the dominance of entitlement and privilege with wit and aesthetics.

Stuart Maconie, New Statesman (Books of the Year)
Critic Reviews

Morley’s biography is as illuminating on Wilson’s strange ability to hold others in his orbit, even after his death, as it is on the story of his life . . . fascinating . . . [Morley] is particularly deft on the forces that shaped Wilson . . . [and] particularly good on Wilson's regionalism.

Helen Barrett, The Spectator
Critic Reviews

As much a (brilliant) biography of Manchester as it is of Tony Wilson . . . It's a fantastically written, sprawling, superbly research book that's both heartfelt tribute and essential reference work.

David Quantick, Classic Rock
PaulMorley

Writer, broadcaster, and cultural critic Paul Morley has written about music, art, and entertainment since the 1970s. He wrote for the New Musical Express from 1976 to 1983 and formed the Zang Tumb Tuum record label with record producer Trevor Horn. A founding member of the Art of Noise and a member of staff at the Royal Academy of Music,…

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