Joy Division Biography (Wikipedia)
Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bass player Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.
Formed by Sumner and Hook after the two attended a Sex Pistols gig, Joy Division soon moved beyond their punk roots to develop a sound and style that made them one of the pioneers of the late-1970s post-punk movement. The band's self-released 1978 debut EP, An Ideal for Living, drew the attention of the Manchester television personality Tony Wilson, who signed the group to his independent label, Factory Records. Joy Division's debut album Unknown Pleasures, recorded with producer Martin Hannett, was released in 1979 to critical acclaim.
As the band's popularity grew, singer Curtis suffered from personal problems that included depression, a failing marriage, and epilepsy, and found it increasingly difficult to perform live concerts, during which he sometimes suffered seizures. In May 1980, on the eve of the band's first American tour, Curtis committed suicide, aged 23. The band's second and final album, Closer, was released two months later; the album and preceding single "Love Will Tear Us Apart" became the band's highest charting release.
- Stephen Morris: What was Ian Curtis really like?https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041n4wk.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041n4wk.jpg2016-07-16T07:30:00.000ZJoy Division's drummer Stephen Morris on Ian Curtishttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p041n4y1
Stephen Morris: What was Ian Curtis really like?
- Stephen Morris: "We fought against what people said we were"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041n4wk.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041n4wk.jpg2016-07-16T07:30:00.000ZStephen Morris on how Joy Division were perceived in the early days.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p041n51c
Stephen Morris: "We fought against what people said we were"
- Peter Saville: My Creative Relationship with Joy Divisionhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041l480.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041l480.jpg2016-07-16T07:00:00.000ZPeter Saville, the artist behind Joy Division’s iconic album sleeves speaks to Mary Annehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p041l92c
Peter Saville: My Creative Relationship with Joy Division
- Jennifer Otter Bickerdike: "I visited Ian Curtis' grave every month"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041kw71.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041kw71.jpg2016-07-16T06:30:00.000ZDr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike on why people cling on to bands like Joy Division.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p041kwc2
Jennifer Otter Bickerdike: "I visited Ian Curtis' grave every month"
- Jennifer Otter Bickerdike: Fandom & Joy Divisionhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041kw71.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041kw71.jpg2016-07-16T06:30:00.000ZDr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is a media and music academic, specialising in fan culture and she speaks to Mary Anne Hobbs about Fandom.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p041ky9j
Jennifer Otter Bickerdike: Fandom & Joy Division
- Peter Saville: The Last Time I Saw Ian Curtishttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041l480.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041l480.jpg2016-07-16T06:30:00.000ZPeter Saville the artist behind both of Joy Division's album sleeves speaks to Mary Annehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p041n3hx
Peter Saville: The Last Time I Saw Ian Curtis
- Peter Saville: Working on Unknown Pleasureshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041l480.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041l480.jpg2016-07-16T06:30:00.000ZPeter Saville the artists behind both of Joy Division's album sleeves speaks to Mary Annehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p041n3mb
Peter Saville: Working on Unknown Pleasures
- Peter Saville: "Joy Division were like cousins to me"https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041l480.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p041l480.jpg2016-07-16T06:30:00.000ZPeter Saville the artist behind both of Joy Division's album sleeves speaks to Mary Annehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p041n3fk
Peter Saville: "Joy Division were like cousins to me"
- Hooky's Punk Inspirationhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03xnt63.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03xnt63.jpg2016-06-08T11:47:00.000ZEn route to see a punk band, Peter Hook reveals he was inspired to form his first group, Joy Division, after attending a Sex Pistols concert in 1976.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03xnt8q
Hooky's Punk Inspiration
- 'A true producer is something you take for granted' - Peter Hook on recording Unknown Pleasures with Martin Hannetthttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03ns6yh.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03ns6yh.jpg2016-03-23T11:33:00.000ZPeter Hook explains the remarkable lengths that producer Martin Hannett went to on Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures to achieve his signature sound.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03ns7ll
'A true producer is something you take for granted' - Peter Hook on recording Unknown Pleasures with Martin Hannett
- The Birth of Joy Division & Factory Recordshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0345hyb.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0345hyb.jpg2015-10-02T14:05:00.000ZHow Tony Wilson and his cohorts started Manchester's most famous indie label.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0345hyk
The Birth of Joy Division & Factory Records
- The story behind the sleevehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02kh4tp.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02kh4tp.jpg2015-02-20T18:35:00.000ZThe story behind Joy Division's iconic artwork for 'Unknown Pleasures'.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02kh4v2
The story behind the sleeve
- Peter Hook - Tom Morton interviewhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p00zkwlg.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p00zkwlg.jpg2012-10-10T10:38:00.000ZFormer Joy Division bassist Peter Hook shares stories from his new book about the band.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p00zkwsn
Peter Hook - Tom Morton interview
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