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Who Killed Martin Hannett? The Story of Factory Records' Musical Magician
Published by Aurum Press on 25 June 2007
ISBN : 1 84513 174 6
Factory co-founder, tortured genius, Martin 'Zero' Hannett created the soundtrack of a generation. As the highest profile producer of his era, he produced the Manchester greats - Buzzcocks, New Order, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, to name but a few. His influence resounds in today's top bands such as the Killers, the Kaiser Chiefs and Radiohead. Yet despite the extraordinary influence his production work and personality had on the seminal bands of the time, his life was as tragic and destructive as his work was innovative and creativity. Now Colin Sharp reassesses his friend's life. Speaking to dozens of Martin's friends, colleagues and family members, he asks: how did it all go so wrong for Martin? How did the shy, creative 'magician' end up a sad, overweight junkie humiliatingly pushed around in a shopping trolley for a music video before his early death in 1991? This original and fascinating biography - the first on Hannett - takes us on a journey into the heart and soul of a sonic genius.