Listed on this page are books about Joy Division, Ian Curtis and New Order. The list also includes books
covering wider topics such as Factory Records and the Manchester music scene. The Joy Division Central site has a comprehensive and illustrated guide to books and fanzines.
Books which are still in print can be purchased from the Amazon.co.uk web site.
When you have finished, click on the picture of Ian Curtis to return to the index.
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- When We Were Young
- A Moment in Time
- Published privately by Simon Barber 1983
- These were limited editions in A5-size hardback and paperback versions. Both contain a history, lyrics, discography
and concerts list. A Moment in Time has more about New Order, and has a supplement containing transcripts of interviews.
- An Ideal for Living: A History of Joy Division
- Proteus Books 1984; Bobcat Books 1986; Omnibus Press 1986
- Written by Mark Johnson, with David Lees, Paul Morley and Jon Wozencraft, this well-illustrated biography
of the band includes details of concerts and other important events in Joy Division's career.
- Joy Division/New Order: A History in Cuttings
- Author and publisher unknown, circa 1984
- This is a collection of newspaper clippings, including reviews, articles and promotional material, plus a list
of performances and a bootleg guide. There were several editions with different covers. A reviewer described this
as: "a Joy Division scrapbook compiling all the cuttings you could ever want (and quite a few that you'd never
- Joy Division
- Babylon Books 1984
- Written by Mike West. In addition to a history of Joy Division, this includes plenty of pictures and a list
of equipment used by the band.
- New Order and Joy Division: Pleasures and Wayward Distractions
- Omnibus Press 1984 and 1988
- Written by Brian Edge, this covers the history of both bands and describes each of their record releases.
- Ian Curtis and Joy Division
- Gammalibri 1987, Blues Brothers 2009
- This is a biography written in Italian by Chino Ferrara.
- Leur Histoire: A Band in the Decade
- Published privately 1988
- This was written in French by Jean-Francois Clément.
- ReadyMade Publishing, Germany 1988
- Written by Martin Drichel, this includes many of the designs created by Peter Saville.
- Joy Division: Form (and Substance)
- Sound Publishing, Cambridge 1988
- By Clinton Heylin and Craig Wood, this has four parts: a history of the band (Form); an analysis of their music
(Substance); details of live and studio recordings; photographs by Kevin Cummins. There is also a hardback limited
- Joy Division
- Stampa Alternativa 1988, 1998
- Written by Marco Broll, this Italian publication includes song lyrics, although these are not always correct.
The booklet came with a CDS / 7" with four tracks: Incubation, As You Said, You're No Good For Me
- From the Centre of the City
- Stampa Alternativa 1990
- Compiled by Alfredo Suatoni, this includes a list of Joy Division's concerts, a discography and a list of bootlegs.
It also includes pictures that were used by Peter Saville when designing record sleeves for the band, and a CDS / 7"
with the five songs from the Warsaw Demo.
- Vie et Mort d'un Poulet Enragé
- Camion Blanc 1991
- Eugène Ralon wrote this personal account of his experience of Joy Division.
- IN side OUT
- Sonnentanz 1992
- Written in German by Horst Puschmann, this contains a biography, gig list, song list and discography.
- Joy Division
- Published privately 1992
- This was a home-produced limited edition by Neil Woodvine.
- Lumière et Ténèbres
- Camion Blanc 1994
- A French biography by Sébastien Raizer, with more than 50 pictures and a discography. This has been
reprinted several times with different covers.
- Touching From a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division
- Faber and Faber 1995, 2001
- Written by Deborah Curtis, the widow of Ian Curtis, this is a moving and readable account of Ian Curtis
and his life, both with and away from Joy Division. The book also contains lyrics, photographs, a discography and
a gig list. It has been translated into French, German, Italian, Greek and Polish.
- New Order + Joy Division: Dreams Never End
- Omnibus Press 1995
- Author Claude Flowers manages to cram a lot of information into a slim volume, lavishly illustrated
with pictures of the band. As well as Joy Division and New Order, the book also covers Electronic, Revenge and
The Other Two.
- Time Travel
- Chatto & Windus 1996, Vintage 1997
- This collection of articles by Jon Savage includes two on Joy Division: a review of Unknown Pleasures
from 1979, and the 1994 essay reproduced in the Heart and Soul booklet.
- From Joy Division to New Order: The Factory Story
- Virgin Books 1996, 2002
- Written by Manchester music journalist Mick Middles, this is a sometimes rambling but often interesting
account of the Manchester music scene. The book is not just about Joy Division and New Order, but covers the history
of Factory Records and many of their other artists.
- Manchester England: The Story of the Pop Cult City
- Fourth Estate 1999
- Written by former Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam, this is a social and cultural history of Manchester with
the emphasis on its musical heritage. Joy Division are featured in the chapter covering the punk and post-punk
- Better to Burn Out: The Cult of Death in Rock 'n' Roll
- Thunder's Mouth 1999
- Written by Dave Thompson, this catalogue of untimely deaths in rock music has a chapter on Ian Curtis.
- 24 Hour Party People
- Channel 4 Books 2002 (FAC 424)
- This is the "bizarre and not entirely fabricated" story of Factory's Tony Wilson, who writes
about his experiences with Granada TV, Factory and the Hacienda during the Manchester "pop culture explosion".
- True Faith
- Helter Skelter 2005
- In his "Armchair Guide to New Order, Joy Division, Electronic, Revenge, Monaco and The Other Two",
Dave Thompson charts the musical evolution of New Order and their various offshoots from their beginnings in Joy
- Joy Division and the Making of Unknown Pleasures
- Unanimous / Vinyl Frontier 2006
- Jake Kennedy gives a track-by-track assessment of Joy Division's recordings leading up to their classic debut
- Torn Apart: The Life of Ian Curtis
- Omnibus Press 2006
- This biography of Ian Curtis was written by Mick Middles and Lindsay Reade, who were close to
the Manchester music scene in the Joy Division era. The authors have interviewed Ianís family, friends and associates
and have gathered previously unseen material in order to compile a comprehensive account of Ian's life and career.
The book has been translated into French and Italian.
- Factory Records: The Complete Graphic Album
- Thames and Hudson 2006
- Compiled by Matthew Robertson, with a foreword by Tony Wilson, this is an illustrated catalogue of Factory's
- Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984
- Faber and Faber 2006
- Simon Reynolds' book sets out to "take a big-picture view of the entire post-punk period".
- Who Killed Martin Hannett?
- Aurum Press 2007
- This "story of Factory Records' musical magician" was written by his friend Colin Sharp.
- Bernard Sumner: Confusion
- Independent Music Press 2007
- Sub-titled "Joy Division, Electronic and New Order Versus the World", David Nolan's biography of
Bernard Sumner includes comments from Bernard himself.
- Joy Division: Broken Heart Romance
- Arcana 2008
- This is a commentary on Ian Curtis's lyrics by Italian writer Marco di Marco.
- Joy Division: Piece By Piece
- Joy Division: Fragments
- Plexus 2007, Camion Blanc 2009
- This book by writer and broadcaster Paul Morley is a collection of his published work about Joy Division,
both contemporary and retrospective. The book has been translated into French.
- To Hell With Publishing 2007
- This is a showcase for photographs of Joy Division by Kevin Cummins, including previously unseen images.
- Fotoreportage23: In Search of Ian Curtis
- Lauschrausch 2007
- Compiled by Katja Ruge, this is "a photographic mapping of places in the story of Joy Division and singer
- In Control
- Schirmer/Mosel 2008
- This is a visual diary compiled by director Anton Corbijn during the making of the film about Ian Curtis.
- 1 Top Class Manager
- Anti-Archivists 2008
- This is a collection of notebooks and other material kept by Rob Gretton during his time as Joy Division's
- Factory: The Story of the Record Label
- Virgin Books 2009
- This is a revised and updated reissue of Mick Middles' earlier Factory Story.
- The North Will Rise Again
- Aurum Press 2009
- This is an "oral history" of Manchester music based on interviews conducted by John Robb.
- Tony Wilson: You're Entitled to an Opinion
- John Blake Publishing 2009
- David Nolan's biography, recounting the "high times and many lives" of Tony Wilson, is based on numerous
interviews with Wilson's family, friends and colleagues.
- The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club
- Simon and Schuster 2009
- Peter Hook calls on his memories of the Hacienda era to tell the "amazing true story of Manchester's
most iconic nightclub".
- Manchester: Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain
- Faber and Faber 2009
- This "visual record of the city and its pop history" features the photographs of Kevin Cummins.
- Joy Division
- Rizzoli International Publications 2010
- This "heavily illustrated celebration of the band" is also based around the photographs of Kevin
- Shadowplayers: The Rise and Fall of Factory Records
- Aurum Press 2010
- James Nice has produced a comprehensive history of Factory Records from 1976 to its dissolution in 1992.
- Mr Manchester and the Factory Girl
- Plexus Publishing 2010
- The story of Tony Wilson and his first wife, Lindsay Reade, written by Lindsay herself.
- Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division
- Simon and Schuster 2012
- In his second book, Peter Hook provides an insider's view of Joy Division, the band and their music.
This book has been translated into French and German.
- Joy Division: The Alan Cross Guide
- Joy Division: The Secret History
- HarperCollins / Audio Joe 2012
- These are respectively a short audiobook and e-book by Canadian broadcaster and writer Alan Cross. An audiobook
and e-book about New Order are available in the same series.
- The First Time I Heard Joy Division / New Order
- Rosecliff Press 2012
- Edited by Scott Heim, musicians and writers tell their stories of first hearing the music of the bands.
And finally here are two books which helped to inspire Joy Division songs.
- The House of Dolls (Das Hoys fun di Lalkes)
- Frederick Muller 1956, Grafton 1971, Granada 1981, Senate Books 1997
- This harrowing story about Nazi concentration camps inspired the name Joy Division and the song No Love Lost.
It was written by Karol Cetinsky under his camp name and number (Ka-Tzetnik 135633), and was based on his family's
own experiences. Several editions have been published in the original Yiddish and in an English translation.
- The Atrocity Exhibition
- Jonathan Cape 1970, Panther 1972, Re/Search 1990, Flamingo 2001
- This collection of stories by J G Ballard, with its strange mixture of science fiction, sex and violence, is
reflected in the song Atrocity Exhibition.
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