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Joy Division

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Discography - our ever expanding list of Joy Division CDs, LPs and singles. With advice on what to buy.


Forthcoming releases & events - What's coming up in the world of Joy Division Audio, books, tribute nights etc
Concerts - all the Joy Division concerts with poster scans, ticket scans, recollections and live tape information  

Shopping - Our big list of web sites where you can buy new Joy Division CDs, rarities, posters, photos and other stuff
Sessions and Rehearsals- Comprehensive info on all Joy Division sessions plus what little we know about rehearsals  

Collectibles - the Joy Division T-Shirts, badges, and postcards we've seen over the years - both official and unofficial
Bootlegs - every pressing of every Joy Division bootleg is listed here along with cover scans and comprehensive information  

Books - scans and information about the many Joy Division books that have been published worldwide
Band History - a three page biography of Joy Division written by Chris Warren with links to releases, sessions etc  

Film, Video, Radio, Interviews - a listing of Joy Division appearances on film, TV, Video, radio and recorded interviews
Ian Curtis Biography - his life story, his day job, and his death - plus information on Ian's Macclesfield, and his confirmation photo  

Tribute Bands & Covers - hundreds of Joy Division cover versions but only a handful of tribute bands
Band Members - a short biography for each member of Joy Division and their associates in the business  

Scrapbook - mystery set list, Joy Division tattoos, interviews ... stuff that doesn't have a home on the site yet
Places of Interest - locations associated with Ian Curtis and Joy Division in Macclesfield, Manchester, England and the Continent  

Links to other sites - our favourite Joy Division related sites. Better than a Google search any day.
Joy Division's Equipment - guitars, amps, bass, synthesisers, sequencers and harmonicas - they're all here  

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Recent site updates

26 Oct Electric Ballroom 1979 Poster Surfaces

Poster for the Electric Ballroom concert 26 October 1979 added thanks to David Baguley who bought it for 50p from Tony Wilson who was manning the merch stand on the night.

Paperback £8.19

20 Oct It'll Never End

Listing added for the 2014 That'll Be The End bootleg LP featuring the Ajanta Theatre Derby concert

(down from £17.64)

13 Oct Moonlight

Listing added for the 2019 I'm Not Afraid Anymore bootleg LP featuring the Moonlight Club recordings

Out 12 November
Pre-order for £16.00
with price guarantee

8 Oct Unreleased TV footage finally surfaces

Unreleased She's Lost Control footage from Granada TV's "What's on" has surfaced in 'Guy Garvey: From the Vaults' (episode 1) on Sky TV. It has closing credits from the original show, plus voice over from the new but still a very welcome broadcast

8 Oct More Jon Savage foreign editions

Listing updated with several foreign language translations of Jon Savage's book plus the UK paperback version.



8 Oct Jon Savage French translation

Listing added for Le reste n'etait qu'obscurite L’Histoire orale de Joy Division - the French translation of Jon Savage's book.

3 Oct Queens Hall Leeds

Listing added for Queens Hall, Leeds, September 8th 1979 bootleg from 2016

1 Oct Sordide Sentimental

Site updated with better images of the original Sordide Sentimantal single and info about the unofficial 2020 reissue

19 Sept Ian Curtis's Vox Phantom VI up for auction

The guitar owned by Ian Curtis and played in the Love Will Tear Us Apart video is to be sold at the prestigious Bonhams auction house on October 13th
Estimated hammer price of £60,000 - £80,000

British-made, serial no.76634 stamped on the neckplate, pentagonal mahogany body finished in white with Jennings' Bigsby B5-type tremolo, Tune-o-matic roller bridge, three pickups with six push-button controls, including the misprinted 'Replat' for 'Repeat', and five rotary controls, original strap buttons, back with cavity for PP3 battery conversion, laminated scratchplate, one-piece maple neck with zero-fretted rosewood fingerboard and original frets, dot markers, headstock with Phantom VI Special decal, chrome truss rod cover and non-original Schaller machineheads, in hard rectangular, plush-lined case, accompanied by a copy of 12" single for the 40th anniversary of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" on vinyl, and a letter of provenance from Ian's daughter Natalie Curtis, CITES license no.592982/010

Owned and played by Joy Division frontman, singer-songwriter Ian Curtis (b.1956-d.1980). Used by fellow band-mate Bernard Sumner following Ian's death, and later gifted to Ian's daughter Natalie Curtis, in circa 2002.

12 Sept Interviewing the interviewer

On 28th February 1980 "Spider" interviewed Ian Curtis in a room above the Warehouse Preston while the rest of the band sound checked for the evening's gig. The interview, known variously as the Radio Blackburn or Radio Lancashire interview on bootleg copies was conducted for BBC Radio Blackburn's "Spin Off" programme.

Mark Gale recently caught up with Spider and interviewed him about what turned out to be Ian Curtis's last ever interview. 

The Warehouse was renamed Raiders for a time     

30 Aug Unpublished photos

Previously unpublished photos of Joy Division at the Moonlight Club 3rd April 1980- have appeared on Reddit.

Reddit user burnt-marmite says they were taken by his father, who was a close friend and workmate of Tony Wilson at Granada.

28 Aug Another bootleg

Listing added for Exercise One bootleg LP. Recorded live at the Nashville Ballroom September 1979


14 Aug Full 1979 interview published for the first time


In February 1979 Bob Dickinson recorded an interview with Joy Division for the New Manchester Review in his mother's cassette recorder. He was stopped by the police on the way home and accused of stealing it. When he explained he'd been interviewing Joy Division they said ""Never heard of them". He continued, explaining he was writing the interview for a fortnightly magazine called New Manchester Review. "That commie rag" they said, and let him go.

The recording has never surfaced but we've added a listing for it which includes, for the first time, publication of the full transcript.

Many thanks to Bob Dickinson and Jon Savage.

13 Aug New Stephen Morris book - out 12 November RRP £20

Following the success of Record Play Pause, Volume 1 of Stephen Morris's memoirs, Constable books will publish Volume 2 entitled Fast Forward on 12 November this year. RRP £20 and currently available for pre-order from Amazon at £17.60      

Meanwhile the paperback version of Record Play Pause will be published 3 September. Amazon pre-order price £8.49 



Listing added for Disorder bootleg LP which features the High Hall, Birmingham concert that was officially released on Still


28 July New Brazilian book

Listing added for Closer: Testamento Musical by Arlindo Gonçalves which features historical essays, fiction, reports of creative processes, photographs and illustrations, Portuguese langauge

27 July Bootleg test pressing

Listing added for Live at Ajanta Theatre Derby U.K. 19.4.1980 which appears to be the test pressing for a forthcoming reissue of the 2003 Beginning of The End bootleg LP.

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13 July New French Book

Listing added for Ian Curtis - Twenty-Four Hours french book by Diego Gil

03 July Baby Face

Listing added for 2017 reissue of the Warsaw CD


22 June Beware counterfeits

Listing added for a 2020 Love Will Tear Us Apart counterfeit 12". Unlike many pirate copies this one tries pretty hard to look like an official release.


21 June 20 copy bootleg

Listing added for Warsaw - The Lost,  Complete 1977 Recordings - a double LP featuring complete Warsaw rehearsal, demo and live recordings available from 1977. Limited to 20 copies.


20 June Rare publication

Listing added for Welcome to The Atrocity Exhibition 1982 song lyrics leaflet by Glenn Bennett. Only about 30 copies were made.

15 June Bury Riot

Gabby Higgs' photos added to the Derby Hall, Bury gig listing. Many thanks to her and her brother Matthew

(C) Gabby Higgs

11 June Nashville

Listing added for Nashville Ballroom bootleg LP


06 June TR3

Advert for TR3 gig on cancelled US tour added thanks to Philip Kret

05 June
The first Dutch Joy Division book

Listing added for Marc Schoorl's new book

20 May Warsaw revisited

We have spent a significant amount of our COVID lockdown completely revising and updating the Warsaw bootleg LP listings. It’s been quite a task uploading loads more pictures and information and we now have a different opinion about which one was the original based on the recollections of someone who was there at the time, Portobello Market as it happens.

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19 May Unpublished Joy Division photo surfaces

Stephen Lock took this photo at the Moonlight Club 3rd April 1980. He attended all three concerts at the venue but hadn't planned to take photos

Photo (C)
Steven Lock and reproduced here with permission


18 May 40 years ago today we lost a genius

Rest in Peace Ian Curtis who died on this day 1980. If only he'd known ...

Photo (C) Andrew Davis

We have added Excessive Flashpoints - An Inside Portrait of Ian Curtis and Joy Division by Kanthe  to our articles and interviews section. It gives a unique perspective on the fragmented nature of Ian's life

17 May Unpublished Ian Curtis photo surfaces after 40 years

A photo of Ian Curtis leaving the stage at the end of Joy Division's last Manchester Concert, at the Russell Club 11 April 1980 has surfaced. (C) Raynard Toombs and reproduced here with permission.

15 May It's fun to stay ...

Listing added for YMCA 2-8-79 bootleg LP released 2013


13 May Closer 40th Anniversary ...

Closer 40th Anniversary Edition to be released 17 July on crystal clear vinyl. Transmission, Atmosphere and Love Will Tear Us Apart singles will also be reissued with remastered audio. The complete bundle is available for pre-order at £39.99


11 May We Were Strangers

Listing added for the We Were Strangers picture disc bootleg from 2019.

10 May
Unpublished 1978 Joy Division photos surface

Five unpublished colour photos of Joy Division at the Hope and Anchor, London December 1978 have surfaced on Facebook. Jonathan Crabb took the photos using a Kodak Instamatic and remembers only about 30 people attended the gig. Click here to see the full set on his Facebook page.  

Bootleg listings added for Asylum Doors, Twenty Four Hours, Live at Malvern Winter Gardens, April 5th 1980, and All Love Lost. Click images for more info:


24 Apr Pirate 2LP added

Listing added for 2019's Singles 1978-1980 double LP


24 Apr I remember, when we were young

Anthony Newton remembers seeing Joy Division at the Playhouse Theatre, Nottingham. This gig has never been well documented and we're building up a picture of what it was like from people's recollections. A few years ago we thought Buzzcocks played but now we know John Cooper Clarke did two sets with a short, probably unannounced, Joy Division performance sandwiched in the middle. These details are important to us - so if you were there too, please get in touch.

19 Apr Paradiso

Listing added for New Dawn Fades 2LP bootleg from 2015


£94.22 inc P&P 

17 Apr High Wycombe

Listing added for Live at Town Hall, High Wycombe 20th February 1980 bootleg LP. All tracks on this were officially released on the 2007 version of Still


16 Apr 2014 bootlegs

Listings added for Exercise One, and Demos and Rare Tracks bootlegs from 2014. Essentially the same record, but with different labels, in two different sleeves


15 Apr Warsaw

Listing added for Warsaw - An Ideal For Living - The Demos. Released in 2018 this LP features the RCA album sessions and five early demos from 1977.

12 Apr Limited editions

Listings added for the 2019 Europa and Eindhoven bootlegs. These were extremely limited editions featuring essentially the same records but Europa was pressed on different vinyl colours and  Eindoven was black vinyl with a free CD and postcard / photo inserts. The CD was also released separately.


11 Apr One LP two titles

Listings added for the 2014 Ceremony and Live bootleg LPs. These are the same record in two different sleeves:


10 Apr Moonlighting

Listing added for Moonlight Club CD 2019 reissue.

8 Apr Set lists

Listing for Factory 11 April 1980 updated with the planned set list as documented in Rob Gretton's notebooks. Thanks to TJ for pointing it out.

Potential set list for Eric's 16 February 1979 added

7 Apr Ink

More Joy Division tattoos added thanks to Eve Severe and Martyn Jones


Blu-ray £9.24
5 Apr Unpublished photos

Omega Auctions 28th April 2020 - lots to include unseen photographs from Joy Division's last Manchester concert - sold with copyright. Starting price £500.

Decades of Devotion
Rob Summerfield

4 Apr Four Decades

On the 40th anniversary of Joy Division's Rainbow concert, two audio tracks have surfaced from a private recording:


Atrocity Exhibition


3 Apr Driven up the wall

We asked Stephen Morris about the infamous Band on The Wall tape, the one attributed to various dates, and we've updated our listing with his opinion

1 Apr

Listing added for the French FNAC Joy Division Control book and DVD set

27 Mar Tattoos

More Joy Division tattoos added to the site

26 Mar Final Ceremony

Another pirate Ceremony listing added. This one is yesterdays 10" on black vinyl and in a different sleeve

25 Mar Pirate Ceremony

Listing added for Ceremony / In a Lonely Place bootleg 10". Similar to the one posted yesterday but the B side track is a different version.

24 Mar Graveyard Studio

Listing added for Ceremony / In a Lonely Place bootleg 12". Featuring the tracks previously released on the official Heart and Soul box set this 12" tries hard to look like an official release.

23 Mar Live at the Lyceum

Listing added for Lyceum CD, a reissue of the Live at The Lyceum double LP

22 Mar Appropriate title for our times

Listing added for Incubation LP. Features the concert at Hemel Hempstead Pavilion November 1979, including the sound check. Released on picture disc, and black vinyl in two different covers


21 Mar Inked

Two more Joy Division tattoos added to the site


20 Mar Another black and white bootleg cover

Listing added for Joy Division Live at The University of London Union 2019 bootleg LP

7 Mar Unlisted Joy Division concert discovered

OK, it's a gig Joy Division pulled out of but Geordie Mick, Australia has sent us this previously unseen flyer for a concert with John Cooper Clarke at Newcastle Guildhall in June 1979. The concert went ahead without Joy Division for whatever reason.

6 Mar High Wycombe update

Ticket scan added to the High Wycombe concert with Killing Joke - with thanks to Paul Lewis from the Wycombegigs web site

2 Mar Not this time

Listing updated for the shelved 2007 Joy Division All The Time movie.

29 Feb New French book

Listing added for Joy Division Sessions 1977-1981 by by Pierre-Frédéric Charpentier.

28 Feb Another bootleg

Listing added for Waiting For Our Sight LP featuring the Ajanta concert minus the encore jam with Section 25.

14 Feb 40 copy bootleg box set

Listing added for Joy Division Studio Sessions Vol 1 - 3, a three LP bootleg box set from 2009


08 Feb A - Z

Listing added for Joy Division & New Order - de A à Z,  a 2003 French book by Bertrand Dermoncourt.  This was one of the "Les Guides MusicBook" series which covered numerous bands and musical artists.

05 Feb Electric Ballroom bootleg

This is The Room bootleg LP and CD listings added

New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes..

£42.99 inc P&P
and mp3 rip

22 Jan Give a little Heart and Soul

Heart & Soul - Critical Essays on Joy Division, book listing added to the site

20 Jan 2020 Sharpen up the black pencils ...

Joy Division Adult Coloring Book published 17 January 2020

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