Factory Records Founder Tony Wilson Drops In on IUMA and ATN

Imagine our surprise last week when the IUMA office door opened, and
in walked former Factory Records owner Tony Wilson, with a camera crew
in tow. Wilson, who discovered Joy Division and released their
ground-breaking albums including Closer, is the host of an
English TV show, and is currently touring the States reporting on the
intersection of music and technology. Wilson is quite Internet savvy,
and took a break from filming a segment on IUMA to show ATN and IUMA
staff several Manchester rock web sites. Wilson has recently started a
new label, Factory too, and if his track record means anything (he was
the first to release records by OMD and the Stone Roses, as well as
the band Joy Division metamorphosed into after Ian Curtis’ death, New
Order), he’ll be introducing some “must hear” bands to the world soon.
Meanwhile, Wilson’s ex-wife, the charming Lindsay Reade (who some
believe was as important to Factory’s success as Wilson) has joined
the ATN staff as our first UK correspondent. Look for her reports in
“Music News of the World.”

Joy Division’s album, “Unknown Pleasures.”