From Joy Division to New Order

From Joy Division to New Order

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The True Story of Anthony H. Wilson and Factory Records

Factory Records' reputation and fortune were founded on two bands —  Joy Division and New Order - and one single-minded and stubborn personality: its media-friendly company director Anthony H. Wilson. At the height of its success in the late 1980s, the companpany reigned over the Manchester rave scene, ran its own club, The Haciends, and had a string of hit records around the world. By 1992, the back catalogue had been sold off, New Order and Happy Mondays were in disarray, and The Hacienda was shut down by the police. Since then, the story of Factory Records has become the stuff of myths and legends. A major new British film, "Twenty Four Hour Party People", revisits the heyday of The Hacienda, andstars Steve Coogan as Anthony H. WIlson, alongside many of the artists and personalities who were around at the time. The film was released in March 2002. From Joy DIvision to New Order, acclaimed on its original publication in 1996, it tells the real story of Factory's spectacular history. Drawing on exclusive interviews with the major players, Mick Middles provides a timely and fascinating look at the unique personalities  and messy realities behind one of the UK's most influential and (at one time) commercially successful independent record companies.