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Lyrics and the album cover’s iconic black and white waveforms design were displayed on the outside of Manchester Town Hall in St Peters Square. Elsewhere, Deansgate Square’s West Tower has “40” emblazoned on its exterior.
Joy Division are regarded as one of Manchester’s most important bands and were at the vanguard of Britain’s post-punk era when they released ‘Unknown Pleasures’ in 1979. The band’s frontman, Ian Curtis, took his own life in 1980 which caused the group to disband and later regroup as New Order.
Earlier this week (June 13), it was announced that a series of films celebrating ‘Unknown Pleasures’ were being released.