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"Millionaire Tony Wilson's company Factory Records was one of the sponsors of the 1989 ICA exhibition (along with Beck's beer). Wilson also collected Situationist-linked artworks, including Debord's "Psychogeographical Map of Paris" (1953)."--Sholem Stein

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Factory Records was a Manchester-based British independent record label founded in 1978 by Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus. The label collapsed in 1992 and was bought by London Records.

The label featured several important acts on its roster, including Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio, the Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, Northside, and (briefly) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and James. Factory also ran The Ha├žienda nightclub, in partnership with New Order.

Like the 4AD label, Factory Records used a creative team (most notably record producer Martin Hannett and graphic designer Peter Saville) which gave the label and the artists recording for it a particular sound and image. The label employed a unique cataloguing system that gave a number not just to its musical releases, but also to various other related miscellany, including artwork, films, living beings, and even Wilson's own casket.



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