Tony Davidson

Legendary Manchester impresario Tony Davidson was guest the Louder Than War radio show this week to promote his book – The TJM Story – How To Make It Big In The Music Business.

Tony was head of TJM records based in Manchester and set up the TJM rehearsal studios in 1979 where bands like Mick Hucknall’s Frantic Elevators (Pre-Simply Red), Buzzcocks, V2, Victim, Slaughter & The Dogs, Fast Cars, The Distractions, Ed Banger & The Nosebleeds and Joy Division rehearsed!

Tony talks of growing up as a soul boy, making frequent visits to Manchester’s Twisted Wheel club, but being heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.

Listen to the full interview with tracks chosen by Tony here:


The book launch of The TJM Story takes place next Wednesday at 7pm at The Stoller Hall in Manchester where John Robb will MC, interviewing Tony, Mike Sweeney and Peter Hook!

Tickets are available directly from Tony here:

The iconic video for Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division was filmed in their rehearsal room at the studios. Check out the video below!


Words by Nigel Carr. More writing by Nigel on Louder Than War can be found in his Author’s archive. You can find Nigel on Twitter and Facebook Listen to Nigel’s show on Radio Alty – Wednesdays 9-11 pm! 

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Nigel is Interviews & Features Editor at Louder Than War, freelance writer and reviewer. He has a huge passion for live music and is a strong supporter of the Manchester music scene. With a career in eCommerce, Nigel is a Digital Marketing consultant and runs his own agency, Carousel Projects specialising in SEO and PPC. He is also co-owner and Editor at M56 Media/Hale & Altrincham Life, and a Presenter on Radio Alty.


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