Vini Reilly

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Vini Reilly
Durutti column.jpg
Vini Reilly in 2007
Background information
Birth nameVincent Gerrard Reilly
Born (1953-08-04) 4 August 1953 (age 66)
OriginBlackley, Manchester, England
GenresPost-punk, dream pop
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, piano, bass
Years active1978–present
LabelsFactory, Artful, Kookydisc
Associated actsThe Durutti Column, Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds, BT, Holly Johnson, Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls, Morrissey

Vincent "Vini" Gerard Reilly (born 4 August 1953)[1][2] is an English musician and leader of the post-punk group The Durutti Column.


Reilly was born in Higher Blackley, Manchester,[3] and raised in Withington, Wythenshawe[4] and Didsbury, Manchester. His father was an engineer who did not allow his five children to watch television.[4] His death saddened Vini, who was 16 at the time, and laments it today because he didn't admire[5] or know him enough.[6] As a child, he played a lot of football, and was even offered a trial for Manchester City F.C., but he declined, opting to concentrate on music.[4][6]

His first recorded work was Ed Banger & The Nosebleeds' "Ain't Bin To No Music School".[5]

Reilly was Tony Wilson's first signing to Manchester's iconic label, Factory Records. Reilly's music is respected by fellow musicians and those in the music industry, with Brian Eno citing Reilly's album LC as his all-time favourite album[4] and former Red Hot Chili Peppers' John Frusciante stating that Vini Reilly is "the best guitarist in the world".[7]

Reilly arranged music and played guitar on fellow Manchester artist Morrissey's first post-Smiths album Viva Hate in 1988. Reilly has also recorded with artists including John Cooper Clarke, Pauline Murray, Anne Clark, The Wake, Richard Jobson, Quando Quango, Craig Davies, Swing Out Sister and Holly Johnson (on his 2014 album Europa). He also attempted to produce the Happy Mondays' debut Forty Five E.P., but found that he simply could not work with the band.

In September 2010, Reilly suffered a "minor" stroke which made him lose "some feeling in his left hand”.[8][9] Despite this, in February 2011 it was reported that he is working on a new album.[10] The new tracks are slower because after the stroke he cannot play as fast as he used to.[11] In January 2013, Reilly's nephew made an Internet appeal on his behalf for donations because the guitarist had debts for unpaid rent from the time between his strokes and his assessment for disability benefit. Fans sent £3,000 within a day and Reilly was reported to feel that their generosity had "lifted the weight of the world off his shoulders".[12]



  1. ^ Dedications for Vini 4 August 2013
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Volume 1. Pág. 750. Guinness, 1992. ISBN 1-882267-01-X, 9781882267019
  3. ^ Frame, Pete. Pete Frame's Rockin' Around Britain: Rock'n'roll Landmarks of the UK and Ireland. Omnibus, 1999. ISBN 0-7119-6973-6, ISBN 978-0-7119-6973-5
  4. ^ a b c d Taylor, Paul (25 April 2003). "Durutti Column man speaks out". CityLife – M.E.N. Media. Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Vini Reilly: Always The Bridesmaid, Never The Bride". The Quietus. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  6. ^ a b "THE DURUTTI COLUMN – VINI REILLY". Phase 9 Entertainment. 24 April 2010. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  7. ^ Hendrix, Page, Townshend ... and Vini Reilly. Guardian. Retrieved on 5 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Valuable passages". The Durutti Column – Official site. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  9. ^ Mayer Nissim (9 September 2010). "Vini Reilly recovering from minor stroke". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Vini Reilly Records New Album After Stroke". 23 February 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  11. ^ Alex Hudson (23 February 2011). "Durutti Column's Vini Reilly Bounces Back from Stroke with New Material". Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  12. ^ "Fans rally round Durutti Column star Vini Reilly". BBC News. 4 January 2013.

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