Joy Division Central blog / site updates 2019

20 Dec 2019
New old interview

Interviews page updated with info about the 1979 Mary Harron interview released on the 'Use Hearing Protection' Factory box set.

21 Nov Cancelled US Tour Update

Back in 2003 we investigated Joy Division's cancelled 1980 US tour and collated what little information we had on its own page. We knew that New Order played the venues later that year so we started with that list, which included Maxwell,s, Hoboken, New Jersey. We later added Bogart's, Cincinnati based on a rumour.

After lots of research, Mainly by Nick Blakey, we are confident that neither of these venues were slated for the 1980 tour so we have removed them from the listings.

10 Nov Ashton Court Benefit Concert

Bristol Trinity Hall poster added to the listing - thanks to Bob Gardner

07 Nov Kings Lynn punks

On this day 1979 the Kings Lynn punks headed to West Runton Pavilion, Cromer, Norfolk to see Buzzcocks and Joy Division and Andrew Dawson got autographs backstage. Listing updated with photo

06 Nov Hemel Hempstead

Buzzcocks / Joy Division poster and ticket added to the listing for their November 5th 1979 concert at the Pavilion

Poster (C) @Psychofish65

Ticket (C) @Slipmark

03 Nov

Vague Fanzine review of the 1979 Bournemouth concert added to listing

25 Oct An ideal for Living Book

Original order form added to listing

20 Oct Another Warsaw

Warsaw LP in a fold out poster sleeve, listing added


18 Oct One official release, one bootleg repackage

Closer, official limited edition LP from the Manchester Art Gallery 'True Faith' exhibition added to the site. White vinyl, 1000 copies:

The Sound of Music Volume 1 bootleg listing added. This is LP1 of an earlier 2LP set in a different sleeve:

18 Sep Another bootleg reissue

We Were Strangers, a reissue of the 1979 bootleg, listing added

10 Sep Do it again and again and again

New listing added for the In This Room double LP. In true bootleg style this is the Misplaced 2LP reissued under a different name. Supposedly limited to 15 copies our guess is these are leftover records from the original pressing in a new sleeve.


18 Aug Paul Slattery interview

Click photo for book listing and ordering info

The RetroMan blog features a Lee McFadden interview with Paul Slattery talking about his new Joy Division photograph book

The limited edition author-signed copies of the book come with three postcard sized prints and an exclusive Joy Division badge – while stocks last and not sold separately.

17 Aug From Russia with love

Cabinet Scientist have released the Russian language version of Torn Apart.
Translation by Nik V. Demented and Я-Ха
More info: Cabinet Scientist web site

17 July Another 40 Years

Out 28th July £20

To mark the fortieth anniversary of Joy Division’s seminal album Unknown Pleasures, celebrated rock photographer, Paul Slattery, travels back in time to Saturday 28 July 1979. His new book features the iconic images of the photo session of the band which he took on the streets around Strawberry Studios in Stockport (where the band recorded the album) and later that day at the legendary “Stuff The Superstars” gig at The Mayflower Club in Gorton. This is the first time all the images have been published in one volume. Paul shares his memories of the day, and the photographic locations, along with some never-before-published images.

The limited edition author-signed copies of the book come with three postcard sized prints and an exclusive Joy Division badge – while stocks last and not sold separately.

Please note, the official book launch will take place on Saturday July 27 at the Stockport Museum and books will be posted out on or around that date.

14 June 40 Years

On the day the official 40th Anniversary edition of Unknown Pleasures is released on ruby red vinyl, commemorating the original which was this colour if held up against a bright light, have a listen to Peter Saville on CBC Radio One (Toronto) talking about his iconic album art

12 June High Resolution

Photographer Andrew Davis is selling a high resolution digital image of one of his Trinity Hall, Bristol photos at £15.00. Click image to contact him.

9 June Two Newcastle gig listings updated:

Newcastle Guildhall gig listing updated with a photo of Penetration thanks to Cindy Stern

Newcastle City Hall gig listing updated with Peter Smith's recollections

31 May Imperialistic house of prayer:

Imperial Hotel Blackpool - Ian Curtis photos added thanks to Martin

30 May Bonfire night recollections:

Mark Refoy shares his memories of Joy Division and Buzzcocks at Hemel Hempstead Pavilion November 5th 1979.

29 May Not so limited after all: 

Live at The Lyceum:  following the surprisingly limited 10 copy white sleeved edition, more pressings have surfaced as an un-numbered version in the same sleeve and a limited edition 15 copy version in a red sleeve

28 May Amnesty International Benefit

Poster for the Amnesty International benefit at Eric's 3rd May 1979 added thanks to Mark Gale and Gis Southworth

24 Hour Party People Blu-ray Special Edition out Monday 3rd June

With 4.5 hours of  bonus material
£13.34 at Amazon with Price-Guarantee and free postage

26 May Electric Circus mystery solved

Stephen Morris's book confirms our speculation about which songs were performed at the Last Night of The Electric Circus and what Bernard's ill advised "You all forgot Rudolph Hess" comment was all about. Listing updated accordingly.

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18 May New bootleg listings added

Amsterdam CD

Live in Holland LP - an unofficial Record Store Day 2019 release

7 May Unknown Pleasures - Official 40th Anniversary Edition £18.99

Rhino Records: "A limited edition 40th anniversary version of Unknown Pleasures will be released on June 14th, almost forty years to the day after it was originally released. The LP will be pressed on 180g ruby red vinyl with an alternative white sleeve resembling the original design idea. It's a celebration of one of the most important albums of our time as well as a landmark in music/design crossover history"

New Order's official web site also has a TShirt at £24.00 and an album and Tshirt bundle at £34.99

6 May Dodgy Record Store Day 2019 Netherlands release added to listings

Concerto released Live in Holland in the Netherlands (only) on RSD 2019. Although the listing was pulled from the official RSD site copies of the album were still available on the day. Not an official release.

5 May Bootleg listings added:

You Blew IT. I.C.!

University of London Union LP

30 Apr Ticket scans added:

Russell Club June 1978

Rainbow Theatre November 1979

Russell Club January 1979

Thanks to DMXI

15 Mar Book listing added: Peter Hook Signature Collection

Hooky's recent auction catalogue is a fully illustrated record of his years in Joy Division and New Order and merits a listing in our books area.

10 Mar Joy Division Cancelled US / Canada Tour:

We have updated our US / Canada tour page with the information from the final tour itinerary which surfaced at Pete Hook's auction last week.

03 Mar New listing: Live at the London Lyceum double LP

This is the first bootleg to include the entire performance including the soundcheck and the two high quality soundboard tracks that surfaced in the late 90s

01 Mar New listing: 1979 LP

1979 LP was released last year and features songs from Factory, Manchester 28 September '79 and Les Bains Douches concerts

28 Feb Happy 21st Birthday to us!

Joy Division Central began life 21 years ago on 28 February 1998, some 21 years after Joy Division themselves started rehearsing, as a four week project for Marko to catalogue the various Joy Division bootlegs flooding the market. It may have stayed a short project if Erik hadn't sent in about 30 pages of corrections and become the co owner of the site ....

Originally called Joy Division: The Bootlegs, then Shadow Factory, we finally settled on Joy Division Central as our site's name.

Click image for an April 1999 version of the site.

So many people have helped us over the years that it's dangerous to make a list but special thanks must go to Oyvind, Mikey, Indiearchivist, Shirley, Chris Warren, Julian, Nick Blakey, Mark Gale, Sam Habash, Mark Woodley, and Simon Dell who all contributed a lot to make the site what it is.

22 Feb Unseen last Joy Division concert photo surfaces in Peter Hook Auction

Omega Auctions forthcoming Peter Hook Signature Collection includes a lot of interesting items and the photo below is no exception. Featured in Omega's pre-auction exhibition, the High Hall photo was bought along with one other at Cards & Posters collectibles shop in Dale End, Birmingham about a week after the final concert, the one featured on Still.

The Peter Hook Signature Collection Auction is on March 2nd

We are always interested in unpublished Joy Division photos especially those taken by audience members. If you took any please get in touch - even if you think they're not good enough to be of interest

21 Feb New Listing

Listing created for Brian Gorman's graphic novel New Dawn Fades which tells the story of Joy Division and the Manchester they lived in. Based on a stage play this book is highly recommended. See listing for more info.

£15.00 + £2.00 UK P&P

15 Feb
Let's go into real detail

Listing for second Love Will Tear Us Apart session at Strawberry Studios updated with a more accurate description of the three different variants of She's Lost Control which emerged from this session. It's the same recording but one version fades out, one doesn't, and one has four extra drumbeats at the start

We appreciate this may be too much info for the casual reader.

12 Feb
New Listings

Forthcoming books by Jon Savage and Stephen Morris:


09 Feb
New Listing

BUZZCOCKS / JOY DIVISION / a 30 Year Anniversary Tour 45 - listing added

Inside sleeve states: "In 1979, the buzzcocks toured the uk with fellow mancunians joy division, a tour which helped break the support band whilst cementimg the status of the headliners. feral child offer up this EP to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this legendary joint tour with 2 rarely heard demos from each artist".

20 Jan 2019
New Listing

Atrocity Exhibition: Live in Paris, 79 LP listing added

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