20 February 1950 – 10 August 2007
The Manchester impressario, blaggard, twat, entrepreneur, genius behind Factory and Manchester's creative scene has left a huge hole but an equally huge legacy. Bless 'im.
I remember his late night Granada TV music and arts show The Other Side of Midnight which would introduce new bands like The Stone Roses every week. And this, if anything epitomised the man: he would only need utter the words "And this new..." and you would either go with it or laugh it out of the house. A visionary man with either fabulous or nebulous taste.
Go here to the BBC for the story and the music heritage.