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Over the past year, Giles and I have been lucky enough to become friends with Matt Reilly, short fiction author and all-around awesome person.  While we were in England, we met Matt and his wife, and thanks to them, we also met Vini Reilly, guitarist and leader of one of our favourite musical groups, The Durutti Column.

A couple of months before we met them, Giles and I made this comic for Vini’s birthday, and he and Matt have given us their kind permission to share it.  (This is actually a slightly modified version of what Vini received, because his story was for him alone.)

If you’d like to know a little more about Vini and the story that inspired his comic, you can hear him talk about his life here (but please be aware, it is not an easy listen; the story was told in support of this charity).

You should know, though, that the story has a happy ending, even if the interview doesn’t make it clear.  And you should know that Vini is doing well now, is back to recording for a new album, and is also one of the most amazing people we have had the privilege of meeting.

Listen to some of Vini’s music here, or find it available for purchase here.  Trust us.  It’s worth it.

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V is for Vini Reilly
Vini Reilly was the first artist ever signed to Factory Records, and with good reason.  Not only did Tony Wilson love his music, but everyone else in the music industry does as well; he’s been described as the best guitarist in the world and his albums named as all-time favourites by industry superstars.  Both brilliant and prolific, Vini has worked not only with his own project, The Durutti Column, but with many of the bands on the Factory label and such high-profile artists as Morrissey and John Cooper Clarke.  Although he’s faced a number of obstacles lately, Vini still plays and is working on recording for a new album; you can find his (highly-recommended) work here.

Vini Reilly is amazing.  John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has described him as “the best guitarist in the world,” and he isn’t wrong.  Vini does things with a guitar that you can’t even imagine.
He’s also been through a really difficult time lately, in every possible way; he’s had health troubles, financial troubles, been unable to play, and despite all of it, he’s basically one of the most wonderful people in existence.  He isn’t accepting donations, but if you like his music and you have the cash to spare, please consider buying one (or more!) of his albums.  Trust me; it’s worth it.

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V is for Vini Reilly

Vini Reilly was the first artist ever signed to Factory Records, and with good reason.  Not only did Tony Wilson love his music, but everyone else in the music industry does as well; he’s been described as the best guitarist in the world and his albums named as all-time favourites by industry superstars.  Both brilliant and prolific, Vini has worked not only with his own project, The Durutti Column, but with many of the bands on the Factory label and such high-profile artists as Morrissey and John Cooper Clarke.  Although he’s faced a number of obstacles lately, Vini still plays and is working on recording for a new album; you can find his (highly-recommended) work here.

Vini Reilly is amazing.  John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has described him as “the best guitarist in the world,” and he isn’t wrong.  Vini does things with a guitar that you can’t even imagine.

He’s also been through a really difficult time lately, in every possible way; he’s had health troubles, financial troubles, been unable to play, and despite all of it, he’s basically one of the most wonderful people in existence.  He isn’t accepting donations, but if you like his music and you have the cash to spare, please consider buying one (or more!) of his albums.  Trust me; it’s worth it.

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This is “Sleep Will Come,” by Vini Reilly of The Durutti Column (providing music) and Jez Kerr of A Certain Ratio (providing vocals).  It was recorded in late 1980 as a tribute to Ian Curtis, the late singer of Joy Division and a good friend to both of them.

It is also very difficult to find, and this low-quality recording is the only one I have.  I know it came out as an impossible-to-obtain first release proper for From Brussels With Love, and as an additional track on one of the re-releases of The Return of the Durutti Column, but the music doesn’t seem to be available anywhere, online or otherwise.

So I ask: does anyone know where I can get a better-quality recording of this?  I’m not necessarily looking to find it for free, or in digital form; I’d be glad to pay for it, glad to find it on vinyl or on any other medium; basically, just glad to find it at all.  Getting hold of a copy would be absolutely brilliant, so… let me know if you’ve any leads on it anywhere?