The Joy Division

Formed by Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner after seeing the SEX PISTOLS play in Manchester on June 4, 1976, JOY DIVISION were one of Britain’s most promising post punk bands until the untimely death of singer, Ian Curtis. In April 1978, the band generated a buzz when they performed at a Stiff Records battle of the bands. After turning down deals with Britain’s RCA and Radar labels, the group recorded their first album, Unknown Pleasures, with producer Martin Hannent. They chose Manchester independent Factory Records to release the album, which was an immediate success in the U.K.

While the remaining members went on to huge success with the synth-pop band NEW ORDER, JOY DIVISION’s legend continued to grow and
the band are possibly more popular now than ever before.

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