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|Born||15 January 1953|
|Died||15 May 1999(aged 46)|
|Genres||New wave, post-punk|
|Associated acts||Joy Division, New Order|
Life and career
Gretton's involvement with the Manchester scene began when he contributed £200 to co-finance Slaughter and the Dogs' first single, the punk classic "Cranked Up Really High". After joining Factory Records in 1979 Gretton brought many new bands to the label, including Section 25, X-O-Dus, Crispy Ambulance, Stockholm Monsters, Minny Pops, The Names, Quando Quango, The Wake, 52nd Street and Happy Mondays.
In general, Gretton tended to prefer conventional bands with conventional songs, whereas Tony Wilson favoured avant-garde projects. The relationship between the pair is explored in depth in the book Shadowplayers by James Nice (2010).
Portrayal in the media
Gretton was portrayed by Paddy Considine in the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People, which dramatized the rise and fall of Factory Records, and by Toby Kebbell (who coincidentally plays Considine's brother in Dead Man's Shoes) in the 2007 film Control, a biopic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis.
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