24 HOUR CONVERSATION IN MEMORY OF OUR FRIEND TONY WILSON
The entire Ear to the Ground office took the day off yesterday after co-ordinating an epic 24 hour conversation in memory to one of this country’s greatest independent thinkers. The rolling 24 hour programme of ‘binge thinking’ was the idea of legendary designer Peter Saville in memory of his friend and mentor Factory Records boss, Tony Wilson. The roll of honour was a hit list of cultural influencers including Steve Coogan, Peter Hook, Irvin Welsh, Paul Morley, Tom Bloxham, Anton Corbijn and Shaun Ryder. Over 200 young guests listened, questioned and shouted their way through the 24 hour cycle which careered from topics as diverse as cultural elitism to quantum physics. Ear to the Ground Live Director Jon Drape and Managing Director Steve Smith were friends of the great man and gave their time FOC to deliver the smooth delivery of the event. This was one of the company’s most important events as without Tony and his Hacienda partner Rob Gretton it is highly unlikely the Ear to the Ground would even exist.