New Joy Division book announced, with three decades of interviews

'This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else: Joy Division – The Oral History' is out in spring 2019

Former NME journalist and England’s Dreaming author Jon Savage has collected an extensive oral history of Joy Division, to be released in spring 2019.

This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else: Joy Division – The Oral History is out on March 7 2019 in the UK, with an American release date on April 23 via Faber & Faber.

The book is a collection of over three decades-worth of interviews with key characters involved with the iconic post-punk band’s history.


Here is the book cover below:

Author and fanboy Savage has a strong connection to the band, his 2007 documentary ‘Joy Division’ tracked the band through archive clips, newsreel, and interviews.

Former Joy Division members Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, and Stephen Morris spoke to Savage about the seminal group. Ian Curtis’ wife Deborah Curtis and Factory Records graphic designer Peter Saville also contributed to the new publication.

Savage is also the author of England’s Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, Teenage: The Creation of Youth, 1875 – 1945 and 1966: The Year the Decade Exploded.


Former Joy Division member, and New Order frontman, Bernard Sumner recently hit out at the government for the “disgusting” lack of funding to help young people with mental health issues.

He opened up about attitudes and care for those battling mental health issues, drawing parallels with his late Joy Division bandmate Ian Curtis taking his own life in 1980. Curtis had also been battling epilepsy in his final years.

“I’m not just talking about epilepsy but mental health issues for young people especially school kids it’s criminally underfunded,” said Sumner. “When the coalition government former, after the banking crisis in 2008, they underfunded the NHS and they completely underfunded help for young people with mental issues.”


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