James Nice – The Durutti Column: A Life Of Reilly


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Written and meticulously researched by James Nice, author of Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records, this authorized biography of Vini Reilly and The Durutti Column offers a fascinating insight into the extraordinary triangular relationship between Reilly, Bruce Mitchell and band manager Tony Wilson, as well as the enduring cultural influence of The Durutti Column’s peerless Factory label catalogue.

A Life of Reilly includes candid input from Vini himself, as well as band and family members, and steadfast musical partner Mitchell.

‘I never imagined a book of my life. It’s amazingly detailed and factually correct. Good sense holds sway and the hard-won research gives real clarity. It’s quite wonderful for me and my family, and it means a great deal to end on positivity.’ – Vini Reilly

Includes a free Bonus DVD from FBN65 ‘Martin Hannett & Steve Hopkins – The Invisible Girls’ which features ‘Celebration’, a studio improvisation with Vini Reilly from 1980

A Life of Reilly is presented as a deluxe limited hardback edition with quarter bound cloth spine.

‘The Return of the Durutti Column is still to me one of the most beautiful and magical records ever made.’ – Steven Wilson (Bass Communion, Porcupine Tree)

‘An extremely gifted and unique guitarist, with a wonderful way of fusing almost classical guitar technique with something more ambient and spacious.’ – Bill Nelson


In 1978 Tony Wilson founded Factory Records to release music by The Durutti Column, the unique music ensemble built around the singular talents of virtuoso guitarist Vini Reilly.

A Life of Reilly details Vini’s troubled Manchester upbringing, cult stardom in Japan, punk rock glory at the Roxy, radical auto-destructive sandpaper sleeves, diversions into neoclassical orchestration and glossy electronica, dazzling collaborations with Martin Hannett, Morrissey and Stephen Street, and hellacious Haçienda happenings.

272 pages, with DVD (PAL system; may not play in US or Canadian DVD systems).

Additional information

Weight 42 oz
Dimensions 8.6 × 8.5 × 1.5 in