Joy Division Biography

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 made them one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement of the late 1970s. Their self-released 1978 debut EP, An Ideal for Living, drew 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 of 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 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 continued as New Order, achieving critical and commercial success.

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French press reports the death of Ian Curtis' girlfriend Annik Honoré

Libération writes that she passed away at 56, leaving behind two children

  • Jul 4, 2014

Joy Division's debut EP 'An Ideal For Living' to be released for Record Store Day

The 1978 record had previously only been available as a bootleg

  • Mar 21, 2014

Former Joy Division members condemn eBay sale of Ian Curtis' kitchen table

Seller says he can't wait to get rid of the item following negative press and threats

  • Nov 13, 2013

Kitchen table belonging to Joy Division's Ian Curtis for sale on eBay

The macabre piece of pop history has a £100 reserve

  • Nov 7, 2013

Collection of Ian Curtis lyrics and extracts from notebooks to be published

'So This Is Permanence: Lyrics and Notebooks' will be published by Faber and Faber in Spring 2014.

  • Sep 17, 2013

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Unknown Pleasures

  • Sep 19, 2007

The Complete BBC Recordings

History on its shoulders, this ephemera weighs heavy indeed.

  • Aug 21, 2000

Preston 28 February 1980

Back in the days before PlayStations, superclubs, hydroponic skunk and snowboarder chic, a subset of British youth suffered from a primitive neurological condition known as 'alienation'....

  • May 1, 1999

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