‘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.