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2014

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New Order and Joy Division Guitarist Pens Memoir

July 10, 2014

New Order, Joy Division and Electronic guitarist Bernard Sumner will release his autobiography – Chapter and Verse [New Order, Joy Division and Me] – on September 25th in the U.K. According to a description on Amazon, the 58-year-old...

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New Order Debut 'Drop the Guitar'

April 1, 2014

New Order debuted a new track, "Drop the Guitar," during their Lollapalooza Chile set on Sunday, the seminal post-punk act's first new song since their 2005 album Waiting for the Sirens' Call. You can check out an admittedly rocky fan-shot video above,...

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Joy Division Debut EP Reissued for Record Store Day

March 20, 2014

Joy Division's 1978 debut EP An Ideal for Living will be reissued with new artwork for this year's Record Store Day, according to a post on the group's Facebook. The new version was remastered at Abbey Road Studios in London by the band's longtime...

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Iggy Pop, Patti Smith Storm Carnegie Hall for Tibet

March 12, 2014

For a few glorious moments at the 24th annual Tibet House benefit Tuesday night, New York's Carnegie Hall devolved into a scene straight out of a CBGB fever dream. The band onstage was billed as New Order, but it was really just the group's guitarist...

2013

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Peter Hook: Joy Division Masters Hung Up in Legal Wrangling

September 30, 2013

Peter Hook is the first person to tell you that he is not a singer. The Joy Division and New Order bassist, who's no longer on speaking terms with former bandmates Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris, has been playing selections from his complete discography...

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'Rescued' New Order, Joy Division Tapes Up for Sale

August 15, 2013

A collection of rare master tapes from bands including New Order and Joy Division is going up for sale. Julia Adamson, a former member of the Fall and later assistant to the producer Martin Hannett and a sound engineer in Manchester, said she...

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New Joy Division Video Game

June 3, 2013

Because nothing takes the sting out of romantic turbulence like playing a video game about romantic turbulence, a European developer has created a new game inspired by Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart." Mighty Box Games' Will Love Tear...

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Q&A: Peter Hook on New Joy Division Book and Feuding with New Order

January 31, 2013

More than 30 years after the suicide of their compelling lead singer, Ian Curtis, and their transformation into New Order, the Manchester post-punk band Joy Division continues to grow in legend. Now adding to their legacy is the new book Unknown Pleasures:...

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Peter Hook Has Plan for Rescued Joy Division, New Order Tapes

August 28, 2013

Former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook is in talks to buy a cache of his bands' old master tapes rescued from the trash by a former studio assistant. Earlier this month, Julia Adamson (a former member of the Fall and assistant...

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New Order Takes a Final Bow

July 26, 2013

When New Order took their final bow at the Personal Fest in Buenos Aires on November 18th, 2006, no one in the audience knew they were witnessing a truly historic moment: it was the final time that the three founding members of New Order would play together....

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Who Should Make the Rock Hall Next Year?

April 19, 2013

The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is less than a day behind us, but our thoughts are already turning to next year. Long overdue acts like Rush, Randy Newman and Donna Summer got in last night, but who should be next? Chuck D told...

2012

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Flashback: Joy Division Appear on the BBC

August 9, 2012

There isn't much video footage of Joy Division out there. When frontman Ian Curtis committed suicide on May 18th, 1980, the group had only released one album, and they hadn't once performed anywhere outside of Europe. Needless to say, the band's legacy...

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Peter Hook: Disney's Joy Division Shirts Might Reunite Band

January 26, 2012

Peter Hook has a lot of witty one-liners about Disney's controversial Joy Division-inspired shirts that were yanked from shelves yesterday, including: "Because of the amount of money I’ve spent in Disneyland I think they owe me something without...

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Week in Review: Disney Upsets Joy Division Fans With Mickey Mouse T-Shirt

January 27, 2012

Joy Division is famous for being one of rock's darkest, most intense bands, so it comes as no surprise that their fans didn't have much of a sense of humor about Disney selling a Mickey Mouse t-shirt based on the cover of their 1979 classic Unknown...

2010

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Remembering Joy Division's Ian Curtis 30 Years After His Death

May 18, 2010

Thirty years ago today, the music world lost one of its most unique and powerful young voices when Ian Curtis, lead singer and songwriter of Joy Division, committed suicide just hours before the Manchester, U.K. band was scheduled to depart for their...

2007

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From Joy Division to Bob Dylan to Metal in Iraq: Music Movies Rock Toronto Film Festival

September 14, 2007

The ten-day Toronto International Film Festival wraps up this weekend after the screening of 349 films. Luckily, Rock Daily was there checking out the five best music films. Here's a full report on the fest's two Joy Division films, the Bob Dylan movie...

1988

Album Review

Substance 1977-1980

December 15, 1988
Not Rated

In Life, Joy Division Singer Ian Curtis was only one of thousands of young Britons whose lives were transformed by punk, who found in the music's corrosive simplicity an ideal vehicle for self-expression and instant physical release. But the brooding...

1981

Album Review

Closer

May 28, 1981

Johnny Rotten was one of the few terrific antiheroes rock & roll has ever produced: a violent-voiced bantam of a boy who tried to make sense of popular culture by making it suffer the world outside — its moral horror, its self-impelled violation,...

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Unknown Pleasures

May 28, 1981

The music of Joy Division – an art-minded English postpunk band that initially struck reviewers as a tuneful version of PiL – sets forth an even more indelible vision of gloom. In fact, it's a vision so steeped in deathly fixations that it...

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