Factory Records’ original designers Peter Saville and Ben Kelly have designed a special memorial tombstone for the grave of iconic music mogul Tony Wilson which was this week unveiled at his final resting place in Manchester’s Southern Cemetery.

The black granite tombstone describes the man behind Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays and a whole host of Manchester bands as a ‘broadcaster and cultural catalyst’ and includes a quote from Isabella Varley Banks' 1876 novel The Manchester Man.

"Mutability is the epitaph of worlds . . . Change alone is changeless,” the tombstone reads, “People drop out of the history of a life as of a land . . . Though their work or their influence remains." http://www.nme.com/news/tony-wilson/53571

Details of the tombstone’s inscription emerged just over two years after robbers stole the headstone of Joy Division front-man Ian Curtis from Macclesfield Cemetery, 27 years after he committed suicide, aged 23.

The headstone (bearing the message "Ian Curtis 18 - 5 - 80" and the words "Love Will Tear Us Apart") was stolen in June 2008 prompting despairing messages from both his Joy Division band-mates and local cemetery staff

"This has never happened before and we are agog that someone's gone to the trouble of taking it out,” Tony Barker, spokesman for Macclesfield Borough Council told the BBC, “We are stunned."

Joy Division/ New Order drummer Stephen Morris pleaded with the thieves to "have a bit of dignity about it" and return the stone anonymously.

"I just don't understand why anyone would do it. You couldn't sell it on eBay - it's ridiculous and very upsetting,” he told NME.com at the time.

"There had been the films (the 2007 'Control' movie and the recent eponymous documentary) so maybe someone thought they could cash in,” he suggested, “Or maybe it's someone who is a bit deranged - you'd have to be." (NME:

Article by Jonty Skrufff (http://listn.to/JontySkrufff ) 


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