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Joy Division

Featuring the participation of all surviving members, this film examines Joy Division's story through unseen live performance footage, personal photos, period films and audiotapes.

On June 4 1976, four young men from ruined, post-industrial Manchester went to see a Sex Pistols show at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall. Inspired by the gig that is now credited with igniting the Manchester music scene, they formed what was to become one of the world's most influential bands, Joy Division.

Over 30 years later, despite a tragedy that was to cut them off in their prime, they are enjoying a larger audience and more influence than ever before, with a profound legacy that resonates fiercely in today's heavily manufactured pop culture.

Featuring the unprecedented participation of all the surviving band members, this film examines the band's story through never-before-seen live performance footage, personal photos, period films and newly discovered audiotapes.

A fresh visual account of a unique time and place, this is the untold story of how four men transcended economic and cultural barriers to produce an enduring musical legacy, at a time of great social and political change.

1 hour, 35 minutes

Last on

Sun 1 May 2016 02:00

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Role Contributor
Director Grant Gee
Producer Tom Atencio
Producer Tom Astor
Producer Jacqui Edenbrow


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Joy Division on BBC Music

Joy Division on BBC Music

Learn more about the English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester.