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An ode to ‘St Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H Wilson’

Last year I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity, as a part of  my apprenticeship at Sharpfutures, to work on the ‘St Anthony: An Ode to Anthony H Wilson’ Shoot which was a project put together by the poet Mike Garry and Composer Joe Dudell to commemorate the lasting and culturally seminal legacy of Anthony Wilson, Founder of Factory Records and The Hacienda Night Club as well as Presenter and reporter of various TV shows including “So it Goes” and “The Other Side of Midnight” and  in turn to raise money for the hospital/charity that cared for him in his final months Manchester’s Christie Cancer Hospital.MIKE GARRY ROWETTA JOHN ROBB

Whether you like it or not, the impact on our city that Tony Wilson had is meteoric, a ubiquitous angel. Aesthetically, sonically, even architecturally; from the European coffeehouse chic and warehouse Minimalism of the northern quarter to the, sometimes overwhelming, notion that the present can never be relevant again it’s, in many ways, all courtesy of Anthony H Wilsons mind and his desire to implement his tastes and quirks into the heart of a city, a city that he loved and dragged, damp and bleak into the future and though it still suffers as a place, in many ways Manchester never looked back because of hi

It could even be argued that the building that hosted most of the shooting of the video and the building that I work in; The Sharp Project, was the ideal place to shoot the video because it’s totally in line with the progression and pioneering prominence that Tony Wilson’s legacy’s befits/insists, as well as also being home to Mikes poem “The Sharp Project” as printed on the wall of the buildings reception as an eponymous introduction to guests. For the first two days I was given the task of being a runner for the shoot, I was told that I’d be helping people of a significantly Madchester honour (a definite paraphrase) around the building, showing them to and from the campus and studios and so on. As someone, like most 20 year olds, who’d been brought up to be made aware of what was going on prior to my birth and in the midst of 1990’s infancy, in my city. I recognised many of the people (Vini Reilly Shaun Ryder, Paul Morley, Rowettaect) on the list and their achievements in life and when you’re, in essence, just a quiet gawk with an arguably bad haircut from New Moston, that’s pretty daunting.

I was a fan of Mike Garry’s prior to the shoot having found him on one of those mad YouTube jaunts that we, as a 21st century humanoids, are often prone to from time to time; a poem called “Mancunian Meander” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdHKAI4ElNs) was a clip that I’d keep referring back to mainly because it was ace and it healed the wounds of the post-college joblessness, but that’s what great art does right? Heal the wounds…Obviously, then when I’d fast-forwarded about 9 months and I was in the position whereby I’d actually be working with him on one of his projects, I was excited. The coincidence had done me a favour for once. 

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What I noticed about the faces coming in to record their parts and/ or interpretations of Mikes Poem “St Anthony”, via snippets of conversation I’d overheard and general aura, was that they wanted to get this right, it was very much an ode to someone one who these people had intense love for, a soul who’d affected them in a massive way whether they knew him personally or not (which most did).

The poem its self is structurally and subtly rapid fire and sets a scene of someone reaching out to an old friend to talk about anything, everything just to talk. It’s a very human poem and it’s totally endearing, regardless of your opinion of Tony Wilson, have you ever lost someone and just wanted them back for a chat? The irony being that Mike, as he explained in some recent interviews (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcFGIkEwxhU) , didn’t actually ever speak to tony, he’d just been asked to write a poem about him by Terry Christian for a radio tribute Terry was doing in 2007, and to me; when you can pinpoint the heart of such an emotive and universal subject and the inner vibrancies of the human psyche with the detail and specification of one person, to the point where it connects with everyone and galvanises the people who knew that person to the point they’d want to be a part of it as well, that’s when you have something special on your hands, so well done Mike, well done.

Joe Dudell, said that the music he used was based on the Opening Sequences of a the New Order song “Your Silent Face” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so-L12LFRR8) I didn’t know this until I watched the interview above, because I don’t actually know the song as I was only familiar with the New Order Songs that were on the best of, in my now deceased iPod. A blessing in disguises because when I did listen to, it blew me away. I liked the fact that Joe was inspired by just a snippet of the song and he developed it into its own entity, with its own purpose.

SHAUN RYDER IN THE CAMPUS

On the third day of Filming, I was asked, through Sharpfutures, if I’d like to assist Michael Wray from Zemap to finish the last few bits of filming, with none other than New Order, which I’m not going to lie, was pretty bloody mint. After a few hours of set up and preparation, Michael kindly took the time out to  give me a training session on how to use the cameras and lighting professionally, we got down to the filming and thought I was only there as support for Michael and contributed in a small way to the filming process, It was a thrilling experience to be a part of a creative project such as this, because A) creating is the ultimate passion and fulfilment in my life and B) you realise how democratic the whole process is or at least can be, the ship is kept a sail because people listen to each other and take into consideration other people’s interpretations and ideas, this approach runs through the set, from behind, to in front of the camera and the results are a very passionate and honest  6 minutes of tribute to a great great man…

“St Anthony Saint Anthony Please come Round, Something is lost that cannot be found”

Over and out.

Dom.

Antony H Wilson passed away on the 10th August 2007 after defining the course of the world’s musical taste.

The accompanying video, released 14th of August 2015, made by Soup Collective filmed at the Sharp Project, is testament to the love and respect for Wilson that continues after his death. Featuring a collection of close friends and collaborators each reciting lines from the poem, including Bernard, Gillian and Stephen from New Order, Christopher Eccleston, Iggy Pop, Peter Saville to name but a few

Antony H Wilson passed away on the 10th August 2007 after defining the course of the world’s musical taste.

The accompanying video, released 14th of August 2015, made by Soup Collective filmed at the Sharp Project, is testament to the love and respect for Wilson that continues after his death. Featuring a collection of close friends and collaborators each reciting lines from the poem, including Bernard, Gillian and Stephen from New Order, Christopher Eccleston, Iggy Pop, Peter Saville to name but a few

On Friday, 14 August 2015 at 19:00, to celebrate the release of St. Anthony, Mike Garry and Joe Duddell with the Cassia String Quartet will be performing the single live followed by a screening of the accompanying Soup Co produced video (as well as previously unseen, exclusive interview footage) featuring a collection of close friends and collaborators including Bernard, Gillian and Stephen from New Order, Shaun Ryder, John Robb, & Peter Saville.

Special guest DJs on the night include Clint Boon, Kath McDermott, Bobby Langley and Mike Pickering following a screening of the video.

All profits from the single will go to The Christie Charitable Fund’.

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The Contributors

Andrew Weatherall

Bernard Sumner

Christopher Eccleston

Elliot Rashman

Gillian Gilbert

Iggy Pop

Joe Duddell

John Bramwell

John Cooper Clarke

John Robb

Johnny Jay

Julie Hesmondhalgh

Larry Gott

Leroy Richardson

Mark Radcliffe

Mike Garry

Mike Pickering

Miranda Sawyer

Paul Morley

Peter Saville

Philip Glass

Richard Madeley

Rowetta

Shaun Ryder

Stephen Morris

Steve Coogan

Terry Christian

Vini Reilly