Joy Division

Formed January 1978. Disbanded May 1980.
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Peter Hook - Tom Morton interview

Former Joy Division bassist Peter Hook shares stories from his new book about the band.

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Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band primarily consisted of Ian Curtis (vocals and occasional guitar), Bernard Sumner (guitar and keyboards), Peter Hook (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Stephen Morris (drums and percussion).

Joy Division rapidly evolved from their initial punk rock influences to develop a sound and style that made them one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement of the late 1970s. Their self-released 1978 debut EP, An Ideal for Living, drew the attention of the Manchester television personality Tony Wilson. Joy Division's debut album, Unknown Pleasures, was released in 1979 on Wilson's independent record label Factory Records, and drew critical acclaim from the British press. Despite the band's growing success, vocalist Ian Curtis was beset with depression and personal difficulties, including a dissolving marriage and his diagnosis of epilepsy. Curtis found it increasingly difficult to perform at live concerts, and often had seizures during performances.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of +-

    +- 2010

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    A band of today sucked into a wormhole and spat out at the end of the 1970s.
  2. Review of Still

    Still 2007

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Beginners would be wise to start with their two proper studio albums.
  3. Review of Unknown Pleasures

    Unknown Pleasures 1979

    Reviewed by Susie Goldring
    Joy Division (and Martin Hannett) re-define post-industrial popular music. Phew...