LONDON -- Tony Wilson, a music impresario credited with guiding a crop of bands from industrial England to the international stage, died Friday. He was 57.
Mr. Wilson promoted a host of influential musicians from his native city of Manchester in northern England, including Joy Division, New Order, and the Happy Mondays.
He died from complications of kidney cancer, Christie Hospital said.
Mr. Wilson's influence on the city and on British music is documented in the 2002 movie "24 Hour Party People," which charts the rise and eventual fall of Mr. Wilson's empire, which included Factory Records and the Hacienda nightclub.
The Cambridge-educated Mr. Wilson's record label and nightclub were credited with making Manchester Britain's most vibrant music center through the 1980s and 1990s, spawning bands including the Smiths, the Stone Roses, and Oasis.
Though Factory Records and the Hacienda closed in the 1990s, Mr. Wilson remained a passionate advocate for his city, presenting a radio show for the local British Broadcasting Corp. station.
"He was a true free spirit and a passionate advocate for Manchester: the city, its people and, of course, its music," the BBC said.