Thursday, September 27, 2007

FAC 424

June 4th 1976. Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall. A gig attended by 42 people. Inspired, they would go out and perform 'wonderous deeds'. The band playing that night? The Sex Pistols.

This is the story of Factory Records, as told by Tony Wilson, the man vauguely at the centre of everything the company did. A novelisation, based on a screenplay, based on real life events, written, as fiction, by the man involved in the real life events. As John Ford said, 'when the truth becomes legend, print the legend.'

FAC 51 - The Hacienda, a trendy New York style night club built in centre of Manchester. It ate all the money Factory ever made and became the official home of the 'Madchester' scene in the late eighties, the birth of Rave culture.

FAC 73 - Blue Monday by New Order. The biggest selling 12 inch single in UK Chart history. Factory lost money on every copy sold because the sleeve was so expensive to produce. In other words, the more copies they sold, the more money they lost.

If you know what I'm talking about great, if you don't, that's fine, but you should probably read more.


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