Sunday, August 12, 2007

Hugely touching and masterfully written obituary for Tony Wilson by Paul Morley in today's Observer. Unsurprisingly, Morley's writing only really ever comes alive these days when he's writing about that era. Still, lovely stuff.

Equally touched to read elsewhere that cash for Wilson's anti-cancer medication was paid for by, among others, members of Happy Mondays - a band who, I have to confess, I fucking loathed back in the day, and who were, ironically, a major factor in Factory Record's financial collapse. Anyway, got a kinda warm glow inside reading that.


At 12:52 pm, Blogger Dan said...

"The Observer magazine just about sums him up/E.g. self-satisfied, smug."--Mark E. Smith, 'How I Wrote Elastic Man'.

It'd be worth hearing what MES has to say on Tony Wilson - obv. he'd be scabrous about the occasional smarminess/cuntiness of him, but I think (MES being a scholar himself), he could appreciate the effort and erudition he put in. Kind of weird the relationship he had with Manchester: no-one in the North could take that kind of over-the-top erudition and idealism seriously, but at the same time they appreciated the fact that the world needs well-read idealist people (being free of the petit-bourgeois commonsense worldview of London) even if they are a little twattish.

At 1:02 pm, Blogger St. Anthony said...

Yes, liked the Morley piece a lot, nice one.
I always had enormous affection for Anthony H. - Factory was, for a while, the best thing going. And , like Morley, I like those chippy, too-clever-by-half types.

At 7:58 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

Interestingly, MES has always been micro-regional, describing himself as coming from Salford, rather than Manchester LOL!

Also, MES is self-taught, anti-'intellectual' Vs. Wilson's Cambridge-educated, self-confessed intellectual. (Wonder if he went to public school?) Interesting that Morley saw Wilson as his mentor. Anyone know what Morley's educational back-ground is? I thought I read somewhere (maybe imagined it) that he worked in a bookshop (in his teens?) and read constantly between customers: Penguin classics, etc. So maybe also self-educated?

Yeah, someone should write a piece/book on the impact of 'smart-alecs' on popular culture.

Whatever happened to Bob Last of Fast product? What a great label that was!

At 11:38 am, Blogger Betty said...

I seem to recall that Paul Morley is from a working class/lower middle class background, a grammar school boy - so, self-taught, yeah.

There, I've admitted to reading Paul Morley's autobiography. Too embarrassing. To be fair, it was only about three quid from one of those discount bookshops in Soho.

At 7:23 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

No, not at all embarassing - I didn't know there was one and I'll def. blag a copy if I see one going cheap. LOL!

At 7:07 pm, Blogger St. Anthony said...

Bob Last - top bloke.
The discount bookshops in Soho - some very good bargains upstairs and some red hot porn in the basement - you can't go wrong.

At 7:17 pm, Blogger kek-w said...


Hmm: By coincidence and without looking for it I just read somewhere that Wilson went to Grammar School.


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