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Joy Division
Joy Division

Background information
Origin Salford, Greater Manchester, England
Genre(s) Post-punk
Years active 1976—1980
Associated acts New Order
Former members
Bernard Sumner
Peter Hook
Stephen Morris
Ian Curtis

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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 pioneered the post-punk movement of the late 1970s. Their self-released 1978 debut EP, "An Ideal for Living", caught 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 with epilepsy. Curtis found it increasingly difficult to perform at live concerts, and often had seizures during performances. On the eve of the band's first American tour in May 1980, Curtis, overwhelmed with depression, committed suicide. Joy Division's posthumously released second album, "Closer" (1980), and the single "Love Will Tear Us Apart" became the band's highest charting releases. After the death of Curtis, the remaining members reformed as New Order, achieving critical and commercial success.

The Best of Joy Division (2008) Substance (1988) The Peel Sessions (1986) Still (1981) Licht Und Blindheit (1980) Komakino (1980) Love Will Tear Us Apart (1980) Closer (1980) Atmosphere / She's Lost Control (1980) Unknown Pleasures (1979)

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Peter Hook To Play Joy Division's 'Closer' At Second Manchester Show

April 12, 2011
Peter Hook has announced details of a second Manchester gig in May. The bassist will play Joy Division's 1980 album 'Closer' in its entirety live at The Factory in Manchester on May 18 after the first show sold out.   Read more 

Peter Hook: Joy Division Album Gigs Reduced Male Fans To Tears

March 7, 2011
Peter Hook has defended his decision to tour his former band Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ album. The bassist has come under fire over the gigs, which did not include any of the band’s other members.  Read more 

Peter Hook Says Mani Made 'Huge Mistake' With Twitter Rant

September 21, 2010
Peter Hook has said his former Freebass bandmate Mani made a “huge mistake” when he launched an attack against him on Twitter. In a series of posts earlier this month, the bassist accused Hook of living off his former Joy Division band mate Ian Curtis' “blood money”.  Read more 

Mani Apologises For 'Venomous' Peter Hook Twitter Attack

September 13, 2010
Primal Scream bassist Mani has apologise for his recent attack against former New Order star Peter Hook. In a post on Twitter last week, Mani accused Hook of living off his former Joy Division band mate Ian Curtis' “blood money”.  Read more 

Mani: Peter Hook Is Cashing Ian Curtis' Blood Money

September 9, 2010
Primal Scream bassist Mani has accused Peter Hook of living off his former Joy Division band mate Ian Curtis' “blood money”. Hook is currently touring Joy Division's classic album 'Unknown Pleasures' with a stand in for singer Curtis, who committed suicide in May 1980.  Read more 

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