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

Joy Division

Everything on this site is Copyright Mark Price (and associates) 1998 - 2014 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. 

     

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  

Interactive area - Message Board, Twitter, Chat Room, oh and pin your home town on our map of the world

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Recent site updates
 

Joy Division cover band of the week - Transmission Control Division
     
26 Nov The poem sold for £1,100 (£1,375 including commission)


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19 Nov Ian Curtis school poem up for auction November 23rd
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.
     
13 Nov So This is Permanence - pictures of limited edition version added thanks to John Gardner.
French and German listings added.
 
   
9 Nov So This is Permanence listing added
Chapter and Verse listing added
Scrapbook updated
   
2 Nov Jon Savage Interview
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.
   
23 Oct Joy 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)
 
     
16 Oct So 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

Highly recommended
 
     
22 Sep Ian 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

 

     
2 Sep Chapter and Verse - New Order, Joy Division and Me - our review

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
 
     
2 Sep New 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 So 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.
 
   
25 Aug Eric's August 1979 - updated with Andrew Twambley's recollections
   
15 July Ian Curtis's Birthday

Ian Curtis (c) Philippe Carly - www.newwavephotos.com
Photograph (C) of Philippe Carly
www.newwavephotos.com
and reproduced with permission
   
11 July Joy Division in Yorkshire

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
     
  Chapter 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 Annik 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
 
     
     
   Joy Division themed playlist from BBC Radio 6 Music Sunday 22 June  
     
25 June Unpublished photos:

Band On The Wall 1978
- listing updated with the earliest fan photos that have been unearthed so far plus recollections from the photographers and Mick Middles. Many thanks to Bernard & Joe, Shug Sludden and Mick Middles


Photo (C) copyright Bernard & Joe and
used here with permission
 
     
  Vive Le Rock - features three page Martin Hannett article "The Zero Theorem" by Hugh Gulland

 
     
13 June Assembly Rooms Derby - Tony (Bigissue) Peppiatt was there and shares his memories  
21 May Leigh Festival - listing updated with a fan's recollections. Thanks to 1 Lucky Oldman  
19 May Record Collector - Joy Division feature on June's cover and there's a 6 page article on the making of Unknown Pleasures by Jake Kennedy - thanks to Steve Clarke

     
18 May Unpublished photos:

Previously unpublished Effenaar photos
- added with many thanks to Dani Guth died 2014 and Mona Stein

 
Heart and Soul Box Set £19.63 Free Delivery

     
16 May Record Store Day Releases - stock images replaced with photos  
2 May Unknown Pleasures - pirate version on Factory/Stiletto added

  
Martin Hannett DVD
£10.25

1 May Paul Slattery inteview - added thanks to Lee McFadden and Paul Slattery
Komakino - fanzine version added - thanks to Julian
26 Apr Record Store Day Releases - new page added
23 Apr Rehearsals - page added to gather what information is known about Joy Division rehearsals - thanks to Fage

Misplaced - listing added
   
3 Apr Joy Division in Yorkshire - article added. About a year ago Julian, one of our messageboard regulars, started researching the Joy Division shows in his home county and today we're pleased to publish the fruits of his labour. Thanks Julian.

   

 
Control DVD
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+ - Box Set
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27 Mar Joy Division rehearsal recordings surface after 35 years:

Unheard Joy Division rehearsal outtakes have come to light nearly 35 years after they were first recorded and feature three versions of ‘A Means to an End’ and an instrumental track.

The first documented live performance of ‘A Means to an End’ was at Les Bains Douches, Paris in December 1979 and the only studio recording was made at Britannia Road studios in March 1980. The song was released on the Closer album in July 1980 some two months after Ian Curtis’s death.

The 90 second instrumental is a historic find as it doesn’t sound like an early incarnation of any later Joy Division song.

Unfortunately it is unlikely these Lo-fi recordings will feature on a future Joy Division release as the vocals are low in the mix and in all probability this was a cassette tape from a rehearsal session
   
21 Mar Record Store Day April 19th 2014 - Joy Division release confirmed as An Ideal For Living 12"
Un numbered limited edition of 7,500 copies.
New cover inspired by the original 12" scaffold sleeve


The new 2014 sleeve on the left - and the original on the right
     
2 Mar Malvern April added to listing thanks to Ben Walker  
28 Feb Factory July 1978 - Record Mirror gig listing added thanks to Dave McCarthy
Touching From A Distance - Russian edition added thanks to Fage
 
26 Feb More tattoos added thanks to Jeremy Cox and Paul from Blackburn

24 Jan Birmingham High Hall: Joy Division's last ever concert venue is being demolished  
   

 
 

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