Robert " Rob" Gretton (15 January 1953 – 15 May 1999), was the manager of Joy Division and New Order. He was partner in and co-director of Factory Records and a founding partner of The Haçienda.
Life and career [ edit ]
In 1977, Gretton became a leading figure in the Manchester punk scene with his involvement with Slaughter and the Dogs. He was
DJ in Rafters club and manager of The Panik. [1 ]
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).
Gretton was proprietor of the
Rob's Records label and a co-founder along of The Haçienda nightclub in Manchester.
Between 1996 and 1999, Gretton managed his last Manchester fledglings
Gabrielles Wish, signing them to his own label, Rob's Records. He was a supporter of Manchester City F.C.. [2 ]
He died in May 1999 at the age of 46 as the result of a
heart attack. [3 ]
Portrayal in the media [ edit ]
Gretton was portrayed by
Paddy Considine in the 2002 film , which dramatized the rise and fall of Factory Records, and by 24 Hour Party People Toby Kebbell (who coincidentally plays Considine's brother in ) in the 2007 film Dead Man's Shoes , a biopic of Joy Division singer Control Ian Curtis.
References [ edit ]
^ "Our history". Jilly's Rockworld - home of Manchester's rock & alternative community . Retrieved . 23 February 2010
^ "Rob Gretton". 2009-08-12 . Retrieved . 2015-11-09
^ Dickinson, Bob. " Rob Gretton". The Guardian, 21 May 1999. Retrieved on 8 February 2009.
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