Review: Peter Hook & the Light play the entire works of Joy Division, Christ Church, Macclesfield, 18th May 2015

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Where to start?

When Peter Hook announced that he, and his band the Light, were to perform a special one off show for the 35th anniversary of Ian Curtis’s death there was huge excitement.  The tickets for the show sold out in under 10 minutes, and I was lucky enough to get a pair, and the chance to see Peter Hook playing the entire Joy Division back catalogue – all 47 tracks that they recorded and released – is a proposition to make any Joy Division fan salivate.

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“Peter Hook Discusses Playing Entire Joy Division Catalog on Anniversary of Ian Curtis’s Death”


Peter Hook and the Light, playing every track Joy Division ever recorded, at an intimate (450 capacity) venue – a dream come true… and I couldn’t believe it when I managed to get a pair of tickets via the website – they sold out in minutes.

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Joy Division documentary on BBC iPlayer

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 18.37.00If you didn’t catch the excellent Joy Division on BBC 4 recently, it’s on iPlayer for another 12 days…

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.

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“Heart And Soul: Remembering Ian Curtis”

ian-curtis-500When Ian Curtis passed away in 1980, Joy Division – the band he left behind – had only recorded two albums, barely making a dent on mainstream culture in the process. However their posthumous fame and impact – two feature films, countless documentaries and published biographies – has created an influence which dwarfs sales. It’s an impact which should be remembered, but not – as fans proposed last week – through turning his final home into a permanent museum.

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3D-printable model of the cover of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures”

UnknownPleasures_011At last – a use for that 3D printer…

Michael Zoellner says…

After watching Grant Gee’s documentary “Joy Division” I wanted to print the iconic cover of their first album “Unknown Pleasures” in 3D. Unfortunately I could not find a single vector graphic or 3D model anywhere. There are articles about the history of the graphics, Peter Saville’s artwork and PSR B1919+21. I even tried to visualize PSR B1919+21’s waveforms. But in the end I spend an evening tracing the waves by hand.

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“Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ Cover: The Science Behind an Image”

joy division unknown pleasures 2The mysterious cover of Joy Division’s 1979 debut Unknown Pleasures – a black-and-white visualization of pulsar data that looked like digital mountain peaks – is the subject of a new, in-depth Scientific American article. The magazine traced the origins of the “computer-generated illustration” to its first publication around 1970.

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