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Joy Division + New Order
Decades John Islewood

Published by Palazzo | www.PalazzoEditions.com I Hardback £25 | 240 pages | 275×215mm 200 Color Illustration

Published on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the formation of Joy Division in 1976
Contains over 200 essential images

It’s a tale of death, a tale of destroyed friendships and entangled finances, but also the story of Joy Division and New Order, the saga of two bands who created the extraordinary music that defined their times and turned the musical landscape upside down.

First, there was Joy Division. His music reflected both the barren urban landscape of his native Manchester in the late 1970s and the dark heart of singer Ian Curtis. They remain forever defined by both their extravagant and extraordinarily unstable vocals and the suicide of two albums as close to musical perfection can be.

From the ashes of the Joy Division came the New Order, which recruited a keyboardist—despite the fact that she couldn’t play. At the height of the dance music boom, he invested in The Hacienda, a club in his native Manchester. There were queues around the block, but debt could overwhelm a country. If Joy Division was the sublime musical darkness, the New Order was sunbathing and their globally popular music bridged the gap between indie and dance and inspired a generation. After conquering the world and maintaining his credibility, he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and plunged into a tsunami of repetition, making great music. You could not complete it: there is no need.

Writer John Islewood writes for Mojo, Q and Classic Rock. During a career spanning 25 years, he has written about music for the Guardian, Blender, The Observer, Melody Maker, Sounds, FHM, The Sunday Times and many others. His books include Love is the Drug and Playing at Home; He is a critic of the widely acclaimed Rock Icon series and lives near London.

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