Top 25 Tony Wilson Quotes

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“I’m a minor player in my own life story.”

― Tony Wilson

“Maybe the worst thing is not caring what people think. That came from my mother. She was the biggest influence on my life.”

― Tony Wilson

“Every band needs it’s own special chemistry. And Bez was a very good chemist.”

― Tony Wilson

“Energy, energy? Energy is, is, it’s nothing more than a lot of new age hokum masquerading as religion.”

― Tony Wilson

“I am not a piece of hash. I’m in charge of Factory Records. I think.”

― Tony Wilson

“Jazz is the last refuge of the untalented. Jazz musicians enjoy themselves more than anyone listening to them does.”

― Tony Wilson

“I’ve been a minor celebrity since I was 23 years old.”

― Tony Wilson

“There is no celebrity quite as powerful as the local, homegrown celebrity.”

― Tony Wilson

“The special relationship between the region and a regional celebrity means that people feel that they have a special investment in you.”

― Tony Wilson

“Richard Branson once said: ‘Tony’s very good at selling bands and he’s very good at making television programmes. But he’ll never be great at either, until he decides which one he wants to do.’ I entirely accept that. That doesn’t matter to me very much. I like the irony of the two lives.”

― Tony Wilson

“I am very much an only child, meaning I am self-reliant, egocentric, sociable. I had my mother, father, and an uncle who lived with us, all doting on me.”

― Tony Wilson

“I’m going to be the next David Frost.”

― Tony Wilson

“People shouting abuse has happened for a very long time, and I find it kind of amusing and irrelevant.”

― Tony Wilson

“It’s hard to describe how bloody awful music was, how desperately bad it was, how our 1960s heroes had become boring and useless. Not only were they bad – they were badly dressed.”

― Tony Wilson

“Factory Records would not have existed and my life would not have been what it was without Joy Division.”

― Tony Wilson

“My public image is none of my business.”

― Tony Wilson

“I had the virtue of wanting to hang out with people who were more talented than me. I can’t write songs, I can’t perform, I can’t design clubs, but I was an enthusiast. My gift was that I said yes to everybody.”

― Tony Wilson

“We had a heroic attitude to artistic freedom, and we thought normal contracts were a bit vulgar – somehow not punk. But that was the whole point – we weren’t a regular record label.”

― Tony Wilson

“I hate English kids rapping – complete crap.”

― Tony Wilson

“Even though the hero of emo is Morrissey, the great song of emo is ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart.’ An emo soundtrack would introduce Joy Division’s music to a whole new generation.”

― Tony Wilson

“I don’t mind the fact that people hate me. Nobody likes anyone who’s been on the telly as long as I have.”

― Tony Wilson

“You either make money, or you make history.”

― Tony Wilson

“I have this problem that I just like to get a reaction from people.”

― Tony Wilson

“You don’t know reality until someone makes a fiction of it. Reality needs the completion of fiction.”

― Tony Wilson

“In the ’80s, we played the Roxy and the Whiskey with our bands.”

― Tony Wilson
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