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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

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • The Nau Ensemble

    Decades

  • Joy Division

    Exercise One

  • Sex Pistols

    Pretty Vacant

  • Warsaw

    You're No Good For Me (Demo)

  • Joy Division

    At A Later Date

  • Joy Division

    No Love Lost

  • Joy Division

    Digital

  • Joy Division

    Shadowplay

  • Joy Division

    No Love Lost

  • N.F. Porter

    Keep On Keeping On

  • Joy Division

    Interzone

  • Joy Division

    Shadowplay

  • Joy Division

    Interzone

  • Joy Division

    Digital

  • The Nau Ensemble

    Interlude

  • Joy Division

    Insight

  • Joy Division

    New Dawn Fades

  • Joy Division

    Decades

  • Joy Division

    Disorder

  • Joy Division

    I Remember Nothing

  • Joy Division

    She's Lost Control

  • Joy Division

    Transmission

  • Joy Division

    Wilderness

  • Joy Division

    These Days

  • Joy Division

    Dead Souls

  • Joy Division

    Atmosphere

  • Joy Division

    Autosuggestion

  • Joy Division

    Shadowplay

  • Joy Division

    Day Of The Lords

  • Joy Division

    Autosuggestion

  • Joy Division

    Love Will Tear Us Apart

  • Joy Division

    Atrocity Exhibition

  • Joy Division

    Heart & Soul

  • Jerry Chater

    Eternal

  • Joy Division

    Exercise One

  • Joy Division

    Isolation

  • Joy Division

    Decades

  • New Order

    Shadowplay

  • New Order

    Blue Monday

  • Joy Division

    Atmosphere

Credits

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

Broadcasts

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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.