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Joy Division

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Joy Division were an English rock band formed in Salford in 1976. The group consisted of vocalist Ian Curtis, guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris.

Sumner and Hook formed the band after attending a Sex Pistols concert. While Joy Division's first recordings were heavily influenced by early punk, they soon developed a sparse sound and style that made them one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement. Their self-released 1978 debut EP An Ideal for Living drew the attention of the Manchester television personality Tony Wilson, who signed them to his independent label Factory Records. Their debut album Unknown Pleasures, recorded with producer Martin Hannett, was released in 1979.

Curtis had personal problems and health conditions, including a failing marriage, depression, and epilepsy. As the band's popularity grew, Curtis's condition made it increasingly difficult for him to perform; he occasionally experienced seizures on stage. He died by suicide on the eve of what would have been the band's first US/Canada tour in May 1980, aged 23. Joy Division's second and final album, Closer, was released two months later; it and the single "Love Will Tear Us Apart" became their highest-charting releases.

Between July and October 1980 the remaining members regrouped under the name New Order. They were successful throughout the next decade, blending post-punk with electronic and dance music influences.

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August 17, 2022

Aitch addresses mural of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis being painted over for album ad: “Getting fixed as we speak”

"This is the first time I've heard of this," the rapper wrote. "No way on earth would I want to disrespect a local hero like Ian" The post Aitch addresses mural of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis being painted over for album ad: “Getting fixed as we speak” appeared first on NME.

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August 10, 2022

Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis Launches Jigsaw Puzzle Subscription Service

Puzzle-Heads to feature 1,000-piece puzzles dedicated to iconic album art from David Bowie, Bad Brains, Joy Division, Wilco, and Dinosaur Jr.

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August 3, 2022

Peter Hook announces ‘The Sound Of Joy Division Orchestrated’ UK concerts

"It takes Joy Division's music to a whole different place" The post Peter Hook announces ‘The Sound Of Joy Division Orchestrated’ UK concerts appeared first on NME.

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April 6, 2022

Joy Division, Sex Pistols and more to feature in new British Pop Archive in Manchester

It promises to be "a national collection dedicated to the preservation and research of popular culture" The post Joy Division, Sex Pistols and more to feature in new British Pop Archive in Manchester appeared first on NME.

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March 26, 2022

Joy Division’s Peter Hook unveils new Ian Curtis mural in Macclesfield town centre

Hooky helped cut the ribbon alongside the artist who painted the mural The post Joy Division’s Peter Hook unveils new Ian Curtis mural in Macclesfield town centre appeared first on NME.

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February 16, 2022

Paul Morley’s Biography of Factory Records’ Tony Wilson Gets U.S. Release

From Manchester With Love chronicles the life of the post-punk legend who signed Joy Division and co-founded the Haçienda

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February 8, 2022

Peter Hook says Joy Division biopic ‘Control’ was “too accurate”

The 2007 film was directed by Anton Corbijn The post Peter Hook says Joy Division biopic ‘Control’ was “too accurate” appeared first on NME.

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January 16, 2022

Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ is Keanu Reeves’ favourite song

The 'Matrix' actor also shared a few other favourite things of his The post Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ is Keanu Reeves’ favourite song appeared first on NME.

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January 14, 2022

Amythyst Kiah Releases Haunting Cover of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’

"Black Myself" singer offers a stark, acoustic version of post-punk classic

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November 24, 2021

Watch LCD Soundsystem cover Joy Division and play rarities as Brooklyn Steel residency begins

The band played their first of 20 shows at the venue, and their first gig in over three years, last night (November 23) The post Watch LCD Soundsystem cover Joy Division and play rarities as Brooklyn Steel residency begins appeared first on NME.

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October 20, 2021

Peter Hook and the Light Announce ‘Joy Division: A Celebration’ Tour

Peter Hook & The Light concerts will take to the road across the United States and Canada in August and September 2022 for the tour “Joy Division: A Celebration," honoring the iconic British rock and new wave band.

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October 19, 2021

Peter Hook and the Light to Play Joy Division Albums on 2022 North American Tour

Shows will feature full performances of Unknown Pleasures and Closer, plus some New Order tracks

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October 15, 2021

Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ artwork has been turned into a climate mural

It comes after Music Declares Emergency launched a t-shirt campaign earlier this year with the logo The post Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ artwork has been turned into a climate mural appeared first on NME.

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October 8, 2021

Joy Division announce 40th anniversary vinyl edition of ‘Still’

The special edition vinyl is coming next year The post Joy Division announce 40th anniversary vinyl edition of ‘Still’ appeared first on NME.

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April 19, 2021

Peter Saville reworks Joy Division’s iconic ‘Unknown Pleasures’ for new No Music On Dead Planet t-shirt

The shirt is now available from Music Declares Emergency for the Turn Up The Volume campaign The post Peter Saville reworks Joy Division’s iconic ‘Unknown Pleasures’ for new No Music On Dead Planet t-shirt appeared first on NME.

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March 10, 2021

Watch Peter Hook and son team up with Smashing Pumpkins’ guitarist for Joy Division cover

Both Hook and his son Jack contribute bass The post Watch Peter Hook and son team up with Smashing Pumpkins’ guitarist for Joy Division cover appeared first on NME.

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March 2, 2021

Peter Hook announces further ‘The Sound Of Joy Division Orchestrated’ shows

The bassist's live collaboration with the Manchester Camerata is aiming to return later this year The post Peter Hook announces further ‘The Sound Of Joy Division Orchestrated’ shows appeared first on NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News.

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Discs

Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980 Martin Hannett Versions)

April 1, 2009

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Closer

July 18, 1980

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Love Will Tear Us Apart

June 1, 1980

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Atmosphere

March 18, 1980

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Closer (Collector's Edition)

January 1, 1980

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Transmission

October 7, 1979

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Unknown Pleasures

June 15, 1979

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Unknown Pleasures (Collector's Edition)

June 1, 1979

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