Joy Division only released two albums but they led the way out of punk rock and towards Madchester. This is a site for Joy Division fans with listings for all releases, concerts, books, videos etc
Everything on this site is Copyright Mark Price (and associates) 1998 - 2018 unless otherwise stated. We are normally sympathetic to the use of short extracts for non commercial use on application but such permission is not implied.
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||Strawberry Studios diary for April
were Martin Hannett and Rob Gretton
mixing and editing at Strawberry
Studios, Stockport, between 3rd-6th April 1981?
This was around the time Still was being mixed in London, was it part of that process or something else?
Thanks to Mark Gale and Strawberry Studios for the images.
nks to Mark Gale an
||New poster added:
Poster for the Ajanta Theatre Derby added thanks to Darrell Buxton and Mark Gale
||Contemporary review added to Check Inn
Paul Campbell wrote this review for a local publication at the time of the concert:
production about Joy Division and the 1970s
Manchester music scene returns to Manchester
“New Dawn Fades – A Play About Joy Division and Manchester”chronicles the rise and fall of the ground-breaking post-punk band, and the 1970s Manchester music scene
This is the story of four ordinary lads who, inspired by the punk revolution of the 1970s, came together to form one of the most influential bands of all time, Joy Division.
This unique production places the band within the context of Manchester’s history as a city with a vibrant reputation, setting the scene for a completely new and fascinating look at the Joy Division story.
Anthony H Wilson guides the audience through the heart and soul of both the band and the city, introducing an array of historical figures, including Roman General Julius Agricola, Dr John Dee, Frederich Engels, and the Buzzcocks!
The result is a spellbinding journey of love, passion, progress, grief, and, of course, music. Drawing inspiration from the enigmatic lyrics of Ian Curtis, with a soundtrack featuring live performances of his most beloved tracks.
A smash hit when it debuted at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival on 15th July 2013 (Curtis' birthday), New Dawn Fades was subsequently staged at the Macclesfield WinterFest in Ian Curtis’ home town, where it played to capacity audiences and standing ovations. Tours in 2015 and 2016 followed, with more acclaimed performances in Chester, Leeds, Bury, Liverpool, Bury St Edmonds, and London
Tickets for Manchester
Now, due to popular demand, the show is back at Manchester's Dancehouse Theatre this April.
Tickets can be booked here
Actors and musicians can audition
For this new run, three leading roles are currently being re-cast. Actors and musicians interested should apply here
Director Emma Bird joins the production team for its 5th year. Emma is an actor and director, improviser and teacher. She has performed at theatres such as The Royal National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Norwich Playhouse, and Finborough Theatre. She was a regular character in BBC TV’s Casualty, and has worked with writers such as Jimmy McGovern, Peter Bowker, and alongside great actors such as Pete Postlethwaite, Tom Wilkinson, Frances de La Tour, and David Morrissey. Emma received Best Director award at Liverpool’s Page to Stage Festival (2016), and directed three well received productions in 2017 in Liverpool, and at The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival. Previously her directing work received a 4 star review at Brighton Fringe. She has also co-starred in the feature film 'The Governess', alongside Minnie Driver.
The play is produced by Giles Bastow of All Roads Meet. In 2017 he directed the audio drama ‘Everyman - A Celebration of Patrick McGoohan and The Prisoner’ and a music video for cult band Evil Blizzard. Giles reprises his stage role of legendary Joy Division manager Rob Gretton.
The play is written, and executive produced, by Brian Gorman, creator of 'Everyman: The Story Of Patrick McGoohan – The Prisoner', co-writer of the 2013 stage version of 'Blade Runner', and currently performing in his new show 'One Man Bond: Every Bond Film In 60 Minutes'. Brian is also a writer and artist of graphic novels, including the highly-acclaimed adaptation of 'Everyman' (9/10 Starburst Magazine review).
Graphic novel - and you can be in it
There is also a graphic novel adaptation of the stage show, due to be published this April. Brian Gorman has adapted his script, and illustrated the book. 'NEW DAWN FADES: The Graphic Novel' will also include exclusive production photographs by Shay Rowan, and an introduction by legendary music journalist Mick Middles. Fans can join in with a crowdfunding campaign, and receive copies of the book, original artwork, and exclusive perks here
More information added to the Factory New year's Eve party 1979 where Joy Division, A Certain Ratio, and Section 25 played. Factory provided copious amounts of free Special Brew which ensured a lively evening.
||New bootleg LP
In the world of bootlegs things are not always as they seem, and leftover stock can be repackaged as a new limited item. Is that what's happened with To the Centre of Koln Vol II?
Nick Blakey has spotted that Michael's set list posted 15 December, which enabled us to work out which songs were played at Altrincham, is the same as the mystery set list Bryan Kee sent us in 2013. Bryan's version has Sister Ray written on it as another encore:
|Unpublished set list
Michael Waterhouse has published a photo of the Joy Division set list given to his step father at the Check Inn Club, Altrincham 20th November 1978. The set list, in Ian Curtis's handwriting, tells us for the first time what songs were played that night.
||Paul Slattery blog:
Joy Division on The Streets of Stockport: Photographer Paul Slattery on his iconic 1979 photo session and Strawberry Studios Exhibitions
press pack added to the site
This Australian 1981 press pack included copies of Closer and Unknown pleasures with a Love Will Tear Us Apart 7" plus photos and printed material
stub added to the site
Electric Ballroom 31st August 1978 ticket image added to the site - thanks to DMXI
Ticket image thanks to DMXI
Advert added to the site
Music paper advert for Rezillos, Undertones and Joy Division gig at Brunel University Uxbridge added
poster added to the site
John Angus's poster for the cancelled Rezillos gig at Lancaster University added to the site. This was part of the Rezillos, Undertones, Joy Division tour which unraveled after the Rezillos had a bust up.
Poster (C) John Angus and reproduced here with permission
You can see more of John's posters on his web site
||Japanese Pirate releases from 2008
added to the site
In 2008 someone released pirate copies of the official Japanese CDs in packaging designed to look like mini LPs:
||Manchester Apollo video
Films page updated now the unreleased and previously unseen songs from Manchester Apollo 27th October 1979 have been shown at the True Faith exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery.
Pirate 2LP version of the official box set - listing added
||La Sélection Idéale
2012 3CD French box set - listing added
||Blue Plaque for Factory
Alan Erasmus's old flat in Palatine Road, West Didsbury has been awarded a blue plaque. It was commissioned by the BBC in conjunction with the British Plaque Trust to commemorate the birthplace of Factory.
Peter Saville unveiled it yesterday with Shaun Ryder, Bez, Rowetta and Mark Day from the Happy Mondays and former Hacienda DJs Graeme Park and Dave Haslam attending the ceremony.
Pictures reproduced courtesy Jez Kerr and Rowetta. With thanks to Mark Gale
Lyceum concert - information added about a superior two track soundboard recording, possibly recorded by a roadie, and a table of what tracks appear on the different tapes of the gig
Peel Sessions - pirate LP listing updated with more coloured vinyl versions
Amnesty International Picture Disc - another version added
||Nashville Rooms 1979 -
second audience bootleg tape identified
It's not always easy to tell if recordings of the same concert are from different tapes or simply different generations and edits of a common original. However, audience chatter between songs can give a huge clues, as in this instance.
||High Hall Birmingham photo
High Hall Birmingham - 1981 photo of the venue for Joy Division's last concert added thanks to Birmingham 81 who posted the image on Twitter
(C) Copyright Birmingham 81 and reproduced here with permission
Store Day 2017
There are no Joy Division or New Order releases on Record Store day this year. However there are nine Peter Hook and the Light albums up for grabs on 22nd April.
ticket stub added
Many thanks to Charlie Harvey
Joy Division tattoos added
Many thanks to Rachael Cannon, Jenna, Leon, Tara, Lars Madsen, and Connor Allan
|| Unpublished photo of Hooky at the
final Joy Division Concert
Martin Hardy took this photo of Peter Hook at High Hall Birmingham 2nd May 1980 and it is published here for the first time.
Copyright Martin Hardy
Too good to be true? Mysterious Joy Division
rehearsals test press sells for £1,900 on Ebay
A 10" vinyl LP featuring a 20 minute Joy Division rehearsal has sold for £1900 on Ebay. This previously unknown record was apparently one of only six made for Joy Division's manager Rob Gretton by Strawberry Mastering, the mastering division of Strawberry Records Stockport, - according to the item's description on the auction web site.
The full description on Ebay reads as follows: "Apparently only six ever made by Strawberry Mastering in London, the mastering division of Strawberry Studios, Stockport. Made for Rob Gretton by Strawberry Mastering a 20 min approximate vinyl of Joy Division rehearsals on a ten inch test pressing. Strawberry Mastering closed down in the 1980s. Only five now known to be in existence- cardboard sleeve grubby but record plays well".
Strawberry Mastering opened in 1978 and closed in 1983 and, according to Strawberry Recording Studios Facebook pages, the link between Strawberry Recording Studios and Strawberry Mastering was that Ric Dixon was a director/partner in both companies.
There is no mention of which rehearsal is on the recording so it will be interesting to find out if this recording is a new discovery or one of the rehearsals already documented on our rehearsals page and previously released on bootleg.
It appears the seller has three more copies for sale
||Photos from the Strawberry Studios
Strawberry 50 exhibition is at Stockport
Staircase House Museum, Market Place ,
Stockport SK1 1ES.
Thanks to Mark Gale for the photos
||Au Plan K - limited
edition has been published
Limited edition and signed editions of Philippe Carly's "Au Plan K" book are being delivered to their new owners. The paperback version is due out 15 March.
|| Undocumented 1978
concert date confirmed:
The date of
Joy Division's first gig at the Good Mood
Club Halifax has been something of a
mystery, until now. Stephen Morris
remembered it as May or June 1978 but thanks to Dave
Knight who runs a Facebook
page dedicated to the old Clarences
/ Good Mood Club in Halifax we now have a
newspaper advert pinning it down to 7th
April 1978. Many thanks to
Dave for providing this information.
Dave has also provided us with the advert for their concert the following year on 22 June 1979
||Au Plan K - Book
The wait is over: the crowd funding campaign for the long awaited book "Au Plan K" featuring all 56 Joy Division images taken by Philippe Carly at Plan K has launched. You can help by donating as little as €5.00, while €139.00 gets you a signed limited edition version of the book delivered to your door.
276 pages, 12x12" size, 300+ photos, Joy Division and 70+ other acts, 25+ reproductions of original posters, 25+ significant players contribute memories, anecdotes.
Philippe has been working on this beautiful book for 12 years and it's now ready.
The list of headline attractions at Plan K reads like a who’s who of post-punk. Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, William S. Burroughs, The Human League, Orange Juice, Josef K, Scritti Politti, James White, Tuxedomoon, Front 242, Bauhaus, The Slits and many more. Most of these legendary performances were documented by noted new wave photographer Philippe Carly, who has selected the best of his images for this rich and varied book, giving readers a unique opportunity to relive these moments as if they were standing in the front row.
La Repubblica - free Unknown Pleasures CD:
The 6th December issue of Italian newspaper "La Repubblica" will come with a free Unknown Pleasures CD. This is part of a weekly offering which builds up into a boxed Punk collection also featuring the likes of the Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Ramones.
It may be possible to buy copies via the La Repubblica web site although we suspect Ebay and Discogs will have them cheaper. Thanks to Mark Woodley for letting us know about this.
Commencing in January, Stockport Museum will be showcasing "Strawberry 50" - commemorating the 50th anniversary of the opening of Strawberry Studios.
A central part of the exhibition will be specially commissioned new immaculate resolution prints of a selection of Paul Slattery's photographs taken in Stockport on 28 July 1979, the day "Transmission" was recorded.
They are reputedly the only photographs taken of a rock band on the streets of Stockport! Here Paul proudly poses with one of the prints to be exhibited - this was the first time he had seen the prints and he was ecstatic with the results.
To find out more about the exhibition visit their website
Photo: Lee McFadden
||The 6th December issue of Italian
newspaper La Repubblica
will come with a free Unknown Pleasures CD.
It's part of a series which began with the Sex
Pistols. Possibly with a box to put them in
coming at the end of the series. Thanks to
Mark Woodley for the info.
||Tier 3 - listing for
cancelled date on proposed US tour updated
thanks to Mark Woodley for the information.
||Duffy's Minneapolis flyer from Joy
Division's cancelled US tour surfaces:
Duffy's Minneapolis - flyer and venue photo for cancelled date on proposed US tour added. Thanks to Daniel Grobani, Nick Blakey, Daniel Peterson and Jim Froehlich
Listings updated with two recently surfaced setlists for Warehouse Preston and the
Bury Riot - many thanks to Graham Duff and Mark Gale
||Futurama 2 LP - listing updated with 2016
Russion mp3 CD collections - listing updated.
||Bury Riot - listing updated including
information from the setlist which recently
Futurama 79 - listing updated
Russion mp3 CD collections - listing added
Inside New Order by Peter Hook - Out October 6th
Two acclaimed albums and an upcoming US tour - Joy Division had the world at their feet. Then, on the eve of that tour and the beginning of what would surely have been an international success story, the band's troubled lead singer, Ian Curtis, killed himself.
'We didn't really think about it afterwards. It just sort of happened. One day we were Joy Division, then our lead singer killed himself and the next time we got together, we were a new band...'Peter Hook
RRP £20.00 Amazon price £13.60
That band was New Order. Their distinctive sound, a fusion of post-punk and ground-breaking electronica, paved the way for the dance music explosion of the '80s and earned them the reputation as one of the most influential bands of their generation. Despite their success, the band has always been a collision the visionary and the volatile, and relationships have often been fraught with tensions.
Peter Hook has written a no-holds-barred, comprehensive account of the band's entire history, packed with outrageous anecdotes and including every set list and tour itinerary and interspersed with 'geek facts' of every piece of electronic equipment used to forge the sound that changed the direction of popular music
Division Radio Documentary
This Day In Music have produced a three part radio documentary about Joy Division:
||Stephen Morris to
publish autobiography in 2018
Little, Brown imprint Constable have acquired the rights to Stephen Morris’s memoirs which promise to be part memoir, part visual scrapbook, part aural history, according to The Bookseller
||New Blue Plaques for
Strawberry Studios, where Joy Division recorded Unknown Pleasures, Transmission and Love Will Tear Us Apart are getting two updated blue plaques as part of the Studio's 50th anniversary celebrations.
The first plaque went up today at the back of the building and the second will be formally unveiled as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, which will include an exhibition at Stockport Museum throughout 2017.
The new plaques add Joy Division, Martin Hannett and The Smiths to the previously commemorated Paul McCartney, Neil Sedaka, Stone Roses and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra
The new plaque
The old plaque is removed
"Why had those early Factory releases had that magical Hannett sound? The young genius had been able to plug in his digital thingy into the outboard racks of a major world-class thirty-six track studio that was in Stockport - Stockport ladies and gentleman, Stockport, because 10cc were a Manchester band and they had taken the proceeds of the delicious I'm Not In Love and had reinvested in their home. Reinvested. Built a fuck-off studio. Respect." Tony Wilson
||Marquee 4th March
music paper advert added thanks to Mark Gale
Thanks to Mark Gale for the scan
||YMCA, Prince Of
Wales Conference Centre 2nd August 1979:
original ticket on sale on Ebay for £250
Image courtesy of Rob Whitmarsh and reproduced here with permission
||Another Ideal For
New LP listing added
for Macclesfield Joy Division exhibition
Incubation Arts's plans to create a permanent Joy Division exhibition in Ian Curtis's home town of Macclesfield have suffered a setback after a grant application to the Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund was refused. The grant was to secure permises for the exhibition and an arts centre in Charles Roe House, which has subsequently been sold to a private bidder who plans to turn it into a doctor's surgery.
Incubation Arts are continuimng to fundraise and are looking for alternative venues
We wonder if the new owner of Barton Street would be interested ...
Read more in the Macclesfield Express
||Today we remember Ian Curtis who died
18th May 1980
Also spare a thought for Joy Division fan Cornelia F who died 18th May 1993
Both of these tragedies could have been avoided. If you are having a tough time on this poignant day there are people out there who want to help you:
In the UK and ROI 116 123
In the USA 1 (800) 273-TALK
Leicester 29 October 1979 - unpublished Ian Curtis photo added to listing thanks to Guy A
Photo (C) Guy A and used here with permission
Undercover: 6 tracks footage. Live at "De
Peppel" in Zeist, April 30th 2016
Band of the Week: The Golden Dawn, from Italy
||Love Will Tear Us
Apart - pirate catchup - listings updated:
US pirate 12" reissues - bootleg listing updated with more rreissues and cover photos improved
Pirate 12" 6 track - listing added
Cleopatra pirate 7" - listings added
Cleopatra pirate 12" - listings added
new tribute band added
||Liverpool Eric's gig
listings corrected and updated:
13th July 1978 - New listing added. This previously undocumented gig was Joy Division's first at Eric's
15th July 1978 - Joy Division supported Rich Kids at Eric's as previously documented - but only at the afternoon show. Germs supported Rich Kids in the evening.
27 August 1977 - Joy Division (Warsaw) definitely did not play Eric's that night - Generation X did.
Many thanks to Lesley Kazan-Pinfield, Mark Woodley, amnd Steve for the above information and images
If you have any more information, recollections, photographs etc from any of the Eric's gigs please get in touch with us
||Ian Curtis O Level results and
Upper Fifth Divinity Prize 1972 - school report added thanks to Rico and Tim Bayes
||Eric's November 1978 -
flyer scan added thanks to John Pollard and
||Manchester Free Trade Hall June
1979 - ticket scan added thanks to James
||Ian Curtis Radio Blackburn
new unpublished information about the
interview added plus a transcript of the
interview itself. Thanks to Steve Barker and
Blue Monday Diaries - In The Studio With New
Michael Butterworth, Plexus Publishing, December 2015, £14.99
Day-by-day, minute-by-minute, this is a uniquely personal account of the making of Power, Corruption & Lies, New Order’s acclaimed second album, and ‘Blue Monday’, the classic electro anthem that it spawned. Created by Michael Butterworth, who was there at the invitation of the band to witness it all firsthand. ‘Blue Monday’ became the fastest selling 12” single ever and the pressing of the vinyl in 1983 – in the shadow of Ian Curtis’ tragic passing – marked a thrilling new phase in the career of the band, and the history of music in general.
Three decades on, author Michael Butterworth – the trusted friend who gained access to a string of notoriously private sessions at London’s Britannia Row Studios – breaks the silence to reveal exactly what went into the recording of this timeless track. Committed to creating an authentic record of the band’s arduous creative process, without the aid of a tape recorder, Butterworth worked alongside his friends for the duration. From beneath a perpetual fug of dope smoke, speed and alcohol, within the confines of the band’s miniscule rented flat, he acted as New Order’s designated scribe, censoring not a single detail in their 24-hour schedule.
Obsessively detailed, mundane and illicit by turns, The Blue Monday Diaries provide a uniquely intimate insight into the personalities of the band – as well as the process of making music – that no Joy Division or New Order fan should be without.
‘Well-written, friendly and very easy to live with.’ – Peter Hook
‘I really enjoyed it . . . brought back a lot of memories.’ – Stephen Morris
‘An important part of musical history.’ – Peter Saville
Published December 2015, paperback, 192 pages ISBN 978-0-85965-546-0
||Love Will Tear Us
reissue of the so-called Record Store Day 2015
||Komackino LP - listing updated.
Labels are on the wrong sides on the original.
Thanks to Daan for the info.
Order's Music Complete enters UK Album Charts
Deluxe Vinyl Box Set version available for £65.00
8 piece deluxe vinyl collection
New album on double clear vinyl
Extended versions of all 11 brand new tracks on 6 pieces of vinyl
Coloured vinyl 12”s plus 1 sided black etched vinyl
Packaged in an archival acid free box, using 1300 micron grey white board and a wire stitch. Box is debossed on the lid and base
Art Direction by Peter Saville
200 copies will be signed by all 5 members of New Order
Substance 2015 reissues - listing added
||Radio Blackburn interview - listing updated with
plausible recording date thanks to Mark Gale
and the On The Wire - Radio Lancashire Blog
So This is Permanence - paperback version added to listings
||Still 2015 reissue - listing added
||Unknown Pleasures 2015 reissue - listing added
Closer 2015 reissue - listing added
||Record Store Day 2015 - Love Will Tear Us
Apart picture disc added to listings. Whether
this is unofficial, semi-official or official
remains to be seen.
||So This is Permanence - Spanish version
Interview picture disc - Iron Maiden mispress added
||Futurama 1978 - flyer and ticket scans added thanks
These items are currently on Ebay - click image to go to there
||The Venue 1978 - poster scan added thanks to Gary
||Canterbury Odeon June 1979 - ticket scan added
thanks to Mike S
||Canterbury Odeon November 1978 - ticket scan added
thanks to Mike S who has it for sale on Ebay
Click image to go to Ebay listing
||De Montford Hall Leicester - ticket scan added
thanks to Paul who has it for sale on Ebay
Click image to go to Ebay listing
||Joy Division official site launched
Joy Division Official features a news section, an extensive band biography, discography, photo gallery and a "listen" section which allows fans to experience a classic Joy Division album set to photographs.
Sometimes people contribute to this site by writing articles about Joy Division or doing interviews for us. Traditionally we have announced these on the front page of the site for several weeks and then allowed them to become more difficult to find as time goes on. Now we are gathering them in one place in recognition of the effort put in by the fan community. See bottom left of the table above
||Bristol Trinity March 1980 - colour concert photo
added thanks to in Your Face Photo
||Autosuggestion LP - listing added. A
good exmpla of a bootlegger using different
sleeves, vinyl colour and labels to give the
impression of several separate releases
The Warsaw gigs at Rafters 31 May 1977 and 30 June 1977 have often been mixed up. We've unravelled the truth thanks to Nick Blakey, Mark Woodley and kevin Cummins
to reissue four Joy Division albums on vinyl
from June 2015
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” on June 27th, Rhino have announced the re-issue of four iconic Joy Division releases on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl.
The studio albums UNKNOWN PLEASURES (1979) and CLOSER (1980) will be available on June 29th. They will be followed on July 24th by STILL (1981) and an expanded version of SUBSTANCE (1988), both available as a double-LP set.
Each design replicates the original in painstaking detail, including the gatefold covers used for Still and Substance. The music heard on the albums was remastered in 2007 when Rhino introduced expanded versions of the albums. The lone exception is Substance, which features audio remastered in 2010 for the +- singles box and for the first time on vinyl, the expanded tracklist from the original CD release, plus two additional songs: “As You Said” and the Pennine version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”
Curtis's house has sold and may yet become a
Ian Curtis's Macclesfield home has been bought by musician Hadar Goldman at nearly double the asking price as he paid £75,000 in compensation and legal fees to halt its sale to a private buyer.
According to the Manchester Evening News Hadar, who plays electric violin in the band Ciam, felt he had to get involved after a crowdfunding event failed to raise enough revenue to buy the building and turn it into a museum.
Mr Goldman says any museum would be tasteful and preserve Joy Division's heritage: "The Joy Division legacy deserves to be taken into the 21st century, to raise awareness into one of the most seminal bands in the history of contemporary music. It will be developed using both heart and soul.”
See Hadar Goldman perform on YouTube
If you're in Macclesfield paying your respects to Ian Curtis today please Tweet us your pictures, and remember there's the Martin O'Neill exhibition and, if you're lucky enough to have tickets, Peter Hook and the Light are performing the Complete Works of Joy Division. You may also like to spare a though for Cornelia F, a Joy Division fan whose last wish was to be interred close to Ian Curtis.
If you're there Tweet us and we'll do our best to retweet
Store Day Saturday 18th April 2015
This year's Joy Division release for Record Store Day appears to be a 7" picture disc on Italy's Radiation Records. It is not listed on the official Record Store Day web site, apparantly because it was a late addition.
Images thanks to Discogs
A. Love Will Tear Us Apart
B. Leaders Of Men
Radiation Records, C.ne Casilina 44 - Roma 00176 Italy
Licensed by San Huan Music Group USA
Catalogue No: RADRSD003
The PR reads: The latest issue in Radiation's Record Store Day exclusive Picture disc series, this is a fully licensed, limited, hand-numbered edition of 500 copies only 7" with two classic Joy Division tracks.
Hook & The Light Perform The Complete
Works Of Joy Division
Monday 18th May Christ Church Macclesfield
Tickets on sale 9am Wednesday 25th March
campaign set up to turn Ian Curtis's house
into a museum
Joy Division fan Zak Davies has started a campaign to buy Ian Curtis's former home and turn in into a museum in his memory
He plans to raise a minimum of £150,000 to cover the following costs:
£115,000 on the purchase of the property
£30,000 on the renovation to the original interior
£5,000 on any legal costs
Not everyone welcomes the scheme - Incubation Arts have been working for some time to establish a similar museum elsewhere in Macclesfield and one-time owner of the house Dorothy Bentley-Smith would prefer the property to remain residential.
Media coverage has inevitably tended to focus on Ian's death rather than the fact that he wrote his best work in the triangular room at the front of the house. See pic below.
Zak's crowdfunding page
Manchester Evening News article on Zak's campaign
Manchester Evening News article about opposition with bizarre reference to seances and parties
||Ian Curtis's Barton Street
home is up for sale
Thanks to Andrew Paget for spotting this
||Let The Movie Begin - purple vinyl reissue
Let The Movie Begin - "Japanese" CD release added
In The Studio With Martin Hannett - blue and yellow vinyl reissues added
||The Sound of Music - 2012 reissue added
The Sound of Music - 2012 bundled reissue added
Day of The Lords LP - 2012 version added along with all colour vinyl variations for the original
Hand of Doom LP - listing added
Paradiso LP - listing added
A Retrospective Part II - confusing track listing information updated and corrected
Die Kalten Winde Des Winters 2LP - listing updated with the various vinyl colours
||Warsaw Newcastle 1977 and Joy Division Blackpool 1979 - Martin from Noth East Punk shares his
Touching From a Distance - 2014 edition added
Dutch Atmosphere 12" - added
Record Store Day 2014 12" - misprinted UK version with no text on sleeve added
||Pirate Unknown Pleasures - Tonpress pink tinted
Cover Versions - Page updated
Blackpool July 1979 - Sounds gig listing added thanks to Steve Benham
||Pirate Closer - pink tinted sleeve, listing added
Pirate Unknown Pleasures - plain white "test pressing" of picture disc version added
Curtis Facsimile £125
To complement publication of So this is Permanence, Ian Curtis’s collected lyrics and notebooks in facsimile form, Faber Social is offering a limited edition print of She’s Lost Control exclusive to customers on the website.The print of the song, written and recorded in 1979, is signed by Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Peter Hook, Deborah Curtis and Jon Savage, editors of the volume of Curtis’s lyrics. The run is limited to 20 copies only and comes in a specially designed presentation envelope. A fantastic gift or purchase for the Joy Division completist, the handwritten lyric taken from one of Ian Curtis’s three surviving notebooks represents the genesis-point of one of the signature tunes in the Joy Division catalogue.
- 20 facsimiles at £125 each, available to buy from the Faber & Faber website here.
– signed by Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Peter Hook, Deborah Curtis and Jon Savage
– exclusive high-quality print reproduction of ‘She’s Lost Control’ lyrics as per notebooks
– 300gsm silk board presentation sleeve
||The poem sold for £1,100 (£1,375
Curtis school poem up for auction November
A piece of Ian Curtis's personal history comes up for auction at TracksAuction.com this Sunday. A poem penned while he was still at achool ariound 1966/67.
The auction catalogue reads:
An original handwritten poem by the lead singer of Joy Division, Ian Curtis. Ian wrote the poem at school circa 1966/1967. The poem is written on a piece of lined paper and is glued into a school book called Our Book Of Epitaphs along with poems from the other pupils in the class. It reads, “An Epitaph for an Electrian (sic), Here lies Fred the electrian (sic), who went on a very fateful mission, he got a shock when tampering with a fuse, which went from his head right down to his shoes, by I. Curtis”. Ian has also drawn a small picture of a man and a tombstone. The poem comes with a letter from the owner who was a fellow pupil. It reads, “I grew up on Hurdsfield Estate, Macclesfield where I attended Hurdsfield Junior School. I started Hurdsfield Junior School in 1963 where I met Ian Curtis, he was a fellow pupil in my class and we went through school together. Mr Young was our teacher when this piece of work was carried out, he himself has got a poem in the book along with myself and all the other pupils in the class. This poem was written in 1966 or 1967. I was presented with the book at the end of the school year for being head boy. At the time the head teacher was called Mr Tattasall. Ian Curtis lived on Grey Stoke Road, Hurdsfield Estate, I lived on Delemere Road, Hurdsfield Estate, Cheshire”.
The poem measures 16.5cm x 9.5cm (6.5 inches x 3.75 inches), the book measures 28.5cm x 22cm (11.25 inches x 8.75 inches). The condition of the poem is excellent. There is some wear and aging to the book and a vertical crease down the last 5 pages and back cover. A few of the poems have also become detached from the book. The condition of the book is very good minus.
||So This is
Permanence - pictures of limited edition
version added thanks to John Gardner.
French and German listings added.
||So This is
Permanence listing added
Chapter and Verse listing added
Lee McFadden interviews Jon Savage for Joy Division Central about So This is Permanance.
Many thanks to both of them. And thanks too to Deborah Curtis for making these private notebooks available giving us this unique insight into Ian Curtis's creative thought processes.
Division in Yorkshire
Julian has massively updated his article with new photos and information about the good Mood Club, The Coach House and St Georges Hall. For those of you who are familiar with the origional article we've highlighted the new text in green for the time being. Many thanks to Julian for this excellent piece of work.
The Coach House, 1970s (thanks to Graeme Bower)
This is Permanence:
- our review
This is a big 274 page 28 x 21cm hardback which is big on content. We'd hoped this would be packed with unpublished images of Ian's notebooks and we're not disappointed.
Focussing on his lyrics there's an initial section with the finished songs featuring the handwritten version on one page and the typed up version opposite. This is followed by a large section with handwritten lyrics to unfinished songs, early versions and other prose. Finally there's a section with other items from Ian's archive - book covers, letters from fans, pages from fanzines etc.
This is clearly a labour of love and Jon Savage explains in the intro how they selected the images for the book - generally the most complete version in Ian's notebooks.
"His lyrics tell much more than a conversation with him ever could" - Deborah Curtis
Curtis - 1977 Office Party photos surface
Photographs of Ian Curtis showing his lighter side at an office party circa 1977 have surfaced on the Invincible Error Tumblr account. The photos had previously been posted on Instagram by someone who obtained them from a work colleague. If that's you please get in touch
We're not sure when these photos were taken but you can read our article about Ian's working life here
and Verse - New Order, Joy Division and Me -
Bernard Sumner's book has arrived and first impressions are good. More than 340 pages with a printed picture cover inside a picture dust jacket and it's a nice solid object too.
We follow Bernard from a strict and often painful upbringing in Salford against the background of a society moving from the friendly communities of the Victorian "slums" and his bombsite playground to the soulless urban renewals of the high rise flats. His family and the neighbourhood were not without their eccentricities and Bernard needed to keep his wits about him from an early age - not least to avoid antique swords in the wrong hands.
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But just as the new flats represented an environment superficially for the better while actually making life harder, Bernard found this echoed in his own life as he progressed through a dull school career towards the disappointing world of paid work.
The story of his school days will resonate with many a man of Bernard's age. Then, as a teenage scooter boy, his love of music developed and he and close friend Hooky started going to concerts including "short-arse" Lou Reed and ultimately the life changing Sex Pistols Manchester Free Trade Hall concert where his life started to break away from his potentially mediocre destiny.
Then we have a sizeable chunk of 70-odd pages covering the Joy Division story and it's nice to see that the staple of so many Joy Division books, the useful but space-consuming gigography, is absent. This is no deep concert-by-concert fact strewn book about Joy Division for the obsessive fan, nor does it repeat the often told soundbites with which we are all over familiar. It's somewhere in between and somehow different.
He tells us about his thought processes behind the controversial Ideal For Living Sleeve and the Joy Division name as well as revealing small details like the "opportunity" to overdub a saxophone onto the RCA demos. There's even a transcript of the now famous Ian Curtis hypnosis recording.
He also covers the split with Hooky.
Overall it's a well written and entertaining tome that casts warm light on Bernard's character more than anything else. Well, it is his autobiography.
Very enjoyable and highly recommended
Order sign to Mute:
New Order have signed a worldwide deal with Mute and their 10th studio album will be on the independent label.
Speaking about the signing Daniel Miller explains: “This is an exciting new chapter for both Mute and New Order and I feel privileged to be working with artists with such a long, creative and successful history. When the possibility of us working together first came up, I was invited to hear some of the new material and immediately had no doubts whatsoever that Mute would be the right home for New Order. We've already had a number of creative conversations, and I am looking towards an exciting future”.
New Order are similarly thrilled with their new home "New Order are delighted to be signing to Mute. We couldn't imagine a better place to be than working with Daniel Miller and his team. Mute has a superb roster of artists and a history that complements our own. In many ways joining the label feels like we are coming home, returning to our independent roots."
| 31 Aug
This is Permanence: Lyrics and Notebooks
Published November 2014
Edited by Jon Savage with a foreword by Deborah Curtis, presents the intensely personal writings of one of the most enigmatic and influential songwriters and performers of the late twentieth century, Joy Division's Ian Curtis.
The songs of Joy Division, infused with the energy of punk but seeped in a resigned longing, were born of Manchester in the late seventies - a once flourishing industrial city in decline. They were the songs too of Ian Curtis's inner tragedies, as he battled depression, epilepsy and debilitating stage fright. Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980, on the eve of the band's first American tour.
Interspersed with the lyrics are previously unpublished facsimile pages of Ian's notebooks, which throw his highly emotive lyrics into fascinating relief and cast light on the creative process of this singularly poetic songwriter.
||Eric's August 1979 - updated with Andrew
Photograph (C) of Philippe Carly
and reproduced with permission
||Joy Division in
Julian's research for his Joy Division in Yorkshire article continues as new facts come to light and new people contact him with more information. Today the Huddersfield Daily Examiner helped out with this appeal about the particularly mysterious Coach House gig
Image and article thanks to Denis Kilcommons, Andy Hirst and the Huddersfield Daily Examiner
and Verse - New Order, Joy Division and Me
Bernard Sumner's long awaited autobiography will be released on September 25th
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Chapter and Verse includes a vivid and illuminating account of Bernard's Salford childhood, the early days of Joy Division, the band's enormous critical and popular success, and the subsequent tragic death of Ian Curtis. Bernard describes the formation of New Order, takes us behind the scenes at the birth of classics such as 'Blue Monday' and gives his first-hand account of the ecstasy and the agony of the Haçienda days.
Sometimes moving, often hilarious and occasionally completely out of control, this is a tale populated by some of the most colourful and creative characters in music history, such as Ian Curtis, Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton and Martin Hannett. Others have told parts of the story, in film and book form. Now, for the first time, Bernard Sumner gives you chapter and verse.
| 3 July
Honoré 12 October 1957 - 3 July 2014
We are very sorry to hear of the death of Annik Honoré earlier today following a serious illness. Annik was the co-founder of independent record label Les Disques Du Crépuscule and promoted a number of legendary concerts at Plan K in Brussels. She was also Ian Curtis's girfriend and confidante.
Image thanks to Le Soir
She had the most dignity of anyone I ever met, protective of intrusion into her life, yes, but always balanced with dignity - Lindsay Reade