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  • seandodson 12:25 pm on May 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The Light live at the Factory 

    So to Manchester last night to see The Light play at the Factory. Fronted by Peter Hook, the band performed songs from Joy Division’s second album, Closer, on the 31st anniversary of singer Ian Curtis’s death, no less

    Somewhat, surprisingly Hook, the former bass player in Joy Division, didn’t play bass last night, but instead stood centre stage where he sang all but two of the songs (Rowetta of the Happy Mondays sang the others). He did a fair interpretation of Curtis, growling like a tomcat cornered with a stolen piece of meat and angrily shouting in the right places, although he lacked the vocal range to render the more tender moments with much meaning.

    The best bit? The encore where the band re-visited Joy Division’s punk roots, banging out a quartet of Warsaw songs and a rollicking version of Transmission.

    Fitting tribute for Curtis or tribute band? Definitely the latter in my opinion, New Order actually played quite a few Joy Division songs towards the end of their stage career, but I never thought I’d here the likes of Ice Age performed live. Hearing them in the former-HQ of factory records belted out by one of the original members to the band to a pogoing audience was indeed a good way to celebrate their music.

  • seandodson 2:35 pm on April 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    New record casts the Light on Joy Division classics 

    Peter Hook’s new band The Light release their debut EP in early May featuring Rowetta (of Happy Mondays fame) on lead vocals and a back-catalogue of Joy Division songs to revisit. The EP, on Hacienda Records features Atmosphere, Insight and New Dawn Fades (all sung by Rowetta) plus Pictures in my Mind, with Hooky on vocals, which was an unfinished Joy Division song recently unearthed.

    Doubtless the purists will be outraged that Hook is choosing to cover the work of his former band. My view is that if anyone is going to write the gospel it ought to be one of the disciples.

    The cover (above) is by local digital artist James Chadderton. It shows the view of Whitworth Street West in Manchester. The building in the middle ground is the Hacienda, which of course has already been knocked down.

    Here’s Hooky talking about the project on 6Music

    • Mr Dyas 2:53 pm on April 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I went watching an audience with Hooky at Wakefield last year and it was compered by Howard Marks, so it was two seriously cool men on stage. But after a great interview and some classic anecdotes he started playing tracks from the doomed Freebass project and it was terrible. So I’m interested to see what this album is like, I’ll definitely give it a listen.

    • richardgreenwood 3:08 pm on April 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Rowetta played with Hooky at Versus Cancer last year and did a few Joy Division tracks, though it was also with Tim Booth of James and Andy Rourke. It was incredible. Rowetta’s voice goes really well with Joy Division songs, especially Atmosphere.

  • seandodson 9:13 am on March 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Ian Curtis in Berlin 

    This is what I pay my license fee for. 6Music has an audio tour of Ian Curtis’s favourite hangouts in Berlin.

  • seandodson 11:02 am on March 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Just booked: Peter Hook’s new band, The Light, perform Joy Division’s second album, Closer, from start to finish. At the Factory in Manchester in May. Tickets still

  • seandodson 3:39 pm on November 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    The Joy Division colouring book 

    A limited edition A4 colouring book. Being sold as a ‘Buy It Now’ on eBay, priced at £15.99. The perfect Christmas present for the Factory obsessive in your life (me, me, me!)

  • seandodson 5:59 am on October 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    “But if you could just see the beauty, … 

    “But if you could just see the beauty,
    These things I could never describe,
    These pleasures a wayward distraction,
    This is my one lucky prize.”

    Isolation, Joy Division

    RIP Tony Wilson, though your headstone may be three years late.

  • seandodson 1:10 pm on September 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Love will really tear you apart 

    Bet they put their Heart and Soul in to it too (cheers Chris!)

  • seandodson 9:39 pm on July 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Unknown Pleasures in icing 

    Every slice a veritable division of joy (via dangerous minds)

    • seandodson 2:53 pm on January 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      This very nice looking cake was baked and photographed by Heidi, more of her delightful confections here

  • seandodson 2:11 pm on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Factory days: the Hacienda must be rebuilt! 


    I have been sailing through Peter Hook’s The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club his account of the decline and fall of the Factory empire. Although he is not exactly Tom Wolfe or Nick Kent he tells his tale with some wit and much stoicism. The legendary club nearly ruined him and the rest of the band, as they sank in many millions of pounds to keep it going. Hooky reckons that for every person who came through the door of the Hacienda, it cost him and the rest of New Order around £10. So buy him a drink next time you see him.

    The books full of anecdotes and quotes from many famous factory figures (Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton, Mike Pickering et al). Here’s the club’s former DJ Dave Haslam on the Hacienda’s wonderful music policy:

    “Whereas music in clubs is now pigeion-holed and segregated, in those first years of acid house, the dance floor was open minded. In retrospect DJs have tried to convince us of thier purist underground credentials; that wasn’t really the case. In the acid-house era you would have heard hous, and techno, but also hip-hop records like ‘know How’ by Young MC, New Order and Euro-disco tracks by Italian production teams.”

    • Ricki Mavris 10:45 pm on January 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

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      • Andreas Andrews 1:15 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I couldn’t agree more with Dave Haslam’s words in the quoted text about current DJ’s seeming to retrospectively try and convice their audiences of their purist underground roots, however I can’t agree with what times were like as I’m new on the scene, and that time… was before my time…

        I couldn’t agree less with Ricki

        • Andreas Andrews 1:17 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink

          urrmm… site moderator.. please delete the above duplicate comment, meant to comment on the article and not reply to Ricki… sorry Ricki…. you can blame Bing for that one….

    • Andreas Andrews 1:16 am on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t agree more with Dave Haslam’s words in the quoted text about current DJ’s seeming to retrospectively try and convice their audiences of their purist underground roots, however I can’t agree with what times were like as I’m new on the scene, and that time… was before my time…

      I couldn’t agree less with Ricki

  • seandodson 8:02 pm on June 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures at 30 

    This week see the 30th anniversary of the release of Joy Division’s debut album, Unknown Pleasures. Somewhat surprisingly, to me at least, the New Musical Express has published an anniversary “special” featuring interviews with the surviving members (sadly not online), which we can probably take as a sign that the nation’s 16/17 year olds still think Joy Division matter an awful lot. Which is amazing for an album that peaked at number 71 in the album charts on its initial release.

    The album was recorded in the winter of 1979 in an unheated studio in Stockport and it captures the mood of imposing decay of Northern Britain with its austere and dark production. Unknown Pleasures is firmly fixed in a time and place: the Manchester of the late seventies, and yet its appeal endures.

    At the time Jon Savage, writing in Melody Maker in 1979, praised, ” Joy Division’s spatial, circular themes and Martin Hannett’s shiny, waking-dream production gloss. …. [a] perfect reflection of Manchester’s dark spaces and empty places: endless sodium lights and hidden semis seen from a speeding car, vacant industrial sites – the endless detritus of the 19th century – seen gaping like rotten teeth from an orange bus.”

    In remains, to my mind, one of the greatest albums of all time. From the deliciously minimalist cover designed by Peter Saville (which was recently parodied as a Pelican Classic, above right) to the equally minimal, and haunting, production by Martin Hannett, to the ten beautifully crafted songs which simply refuse to date. We are still in its axis, musically at least. Think of this way, we are as far away in time from Unknown Pleasures as Joy Division were from the music of Perry Cormo and Frankie Laine and yet still it features on the front cover of the music press.

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  • seandodson 11:59 am on December 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Peter Saville: On the designing of Unknown Pleasures and other great moments in 20th century design 

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    Arkitip has a new video interview with Peter Saville, the great Mancunian designer. It shows the mock-ups of Unknown Pleasures, the first Joy Division album, where the famous diagram of an image of a pulsar, taken from the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy, had originally been rendered as a three-dimensional model (see right). Moreover, the a couple of versions of the said model still exist.


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    • japanese forms 11:55 am on December 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Glad that you liked my photograph enough to use it for your post. Nonetheless, I would have liked to have been informed beforehand. I gladly give permission for use my photos but I like to know where there being posted.
      Anyhow, thanks for the credit and links.

      On the Arkitip article: I suppose you know that there’s also the special Saville edition magazine available. If not, you can see it here .

      japanese forms

    • japanese forms 11:57 am on December 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Oops ! – where there being posted. – of course, i mean where THEY ARE being posted.

      I hate making stupid mistakes like that.


  • seandodson 1:59 pm on October 3, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Remembering Rob Gretton: Manchester’s maverick rock manager 

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    I am looking forward to reading the notebooks of the late Rob Gretton, manager of Joy Division, co-founder of Factory Records and the Hacienda. The notebooks, recovered from a secret lock-up in Manchester are published by by Rob Gretton’s widow, Lesley Gilbert, with a foreword by Jon Savage, the book condenses over 20 working notebooks into a single volume, and contains posters, letters, diaries, band manifestos and studio notes, dating from August 1978 to late 1980.

    “These notebooks aren’t diaries – they are not a record of Rob’s emotional life during the Joy Division years – but his personality and thought processes are on show throughout. His notes on the band’s image and aesthetic at the beginning of ’79, for example, read like a kind of Joy Division manifesto, and underline his role as ‘fifth member’ of the band … It paints a picture of post-punk Manchester and its community of like-minded musicians, promoters and journalists; and, perhaps most importantly of all, it allows us a glimpse of a one of Manchester music’s most influential yet elusive characters: it is the real Rob Gretton.”

    • ‘1 Top Class Manager’ is strictly limited to 1500 copies and is available to pre-order now exclusively through 1 Top Class Manager

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  • seandodson 6:28 pm on June 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    The Tony Wilson Experience: a 24-hour intelligent conversation live from Manchester 

    Just been listening to the Tony Wilson Experience, a 24-hour long conversation celebrating the late, great music Tony Wilson, musical Svengali and proud Mancunian. Wilson died of cancer last year and today would have been his 58th birthday. Loads of good people on the bill: John Cooper Clarke, Clint Boon, Irvine Welsh, Paul Morley, Peter Hook et al. You can tune in to the live stream over here.

    Update: I’ve been enjoying a curmudgeonly Kevin Cummins bemoan the fate of the rock photographer. Cummings thinks that user-generated content is just a way for newspapers to “get a load of free content”. He’s dismissive of the generation of photographers coming out of sites like Flickr. He said: the newspapers “don’t care about quality. It’s quantity that they want.” He also said that blogs were mostly “just middle class letters pages.”

    Even later: It is nearly 1PM and it’s getting really belligerent. The Manc poet John Cooper Clarke is on stage. He just recited his famous haiku:

    To convey one’s mood,
    in seventeen syllables,
    is very diffic…

    The intelligence finally ran out about 3am. The Happy Mondays were on a panel and someone in the audience mentioned Stella Grundy, who I assume is Shaun Ryder’s ex-partner from the way he reacted. The guy in the audience was being provocative, but the reaction of the Monday’s, particularly Bez, was somewhat stereotypical. The guy was threatened from the stage (“you are fucking dead”, was the precise quote and worst was said after that) and for a moment I thought that it was all about to kick off. And then, the security intervened and started escorting the bloke out of the venue. Brilliantly, the Mondays then changed their tune and started berating the bouncers to let the man stay in the building. It was all rather touching and probably what Tony would have wanted.

    Thankfully, after a sleep, I awake to find the conversation has got much more intelligent again. This is much more like a more belligerent (I keep using that word) version of Radio 4. For the final conversation we’ve got Steven Morris, Peter Saville and physicist Brian Cox discussing the secrets of the universe. He reminded us how important Manchester has been to our understanding of the universe, and that the atomic nucleus had been discovered up on Oxford Road by Ernest Rutherford.

    That’s it. The poet Mike Garry has just read his poem Saint Anthony, and there’s talk of another one next year. I hope so. It was really good an pretty intelligent all the way through.

    • stella grundy 6:09 pm on June 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      To whoever wrote this. My name is Stella Grundy. I am a playwrite. and Ex front woman for the Band Intastella. I was invited to speak at the Tony Wison Experience about my experiences as as an artist over the past 20 years along with John Cooper Clarke and Alan Wise . I was attacked by Shaun Ryder because I asked him a question about music he didnt like. I am NOT his Ex girlfreind !!! Women in music are not just wifes and girlfriends.

    • seandodson 7:19 pm on June 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry Stella, as I said that was an asuumption. I had actually listened to a lot of the talk when you were on the panel and not heard your altercation with Shaun Ryder and assumed it was about something else, my mistake. No one though is saying that womein in music are just wives and girlfriends. Just click on my Last FM link if you don’t believe me


    • rantersparadise 7:16 pm on June 25, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      R.I.P Tony.

    • alexhough 9:09 pm on July 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Has there been any evaluation of the event? Will it be public?

      The Tony Wilson Experience website has some wonderful images but no forum: neither does it facilitate ‘social networking’ by making content re-usable for bloggers (the fanzine producers of today, and writers of tomorrow?). Rather, the cut and paste aesthetic of punk, house music and the appropriation which so inspired Factory (the name itself appropriated from Warhol) seems to be absent.

      Cameras and mobile phones were banned from the event “The entire conversation is being recorded in HD. It will not be permitted to take any cameras, mobile phones or other recording/communication” – Participant Handbook e-mailed to participants.

      To the ‘talent’ I spoke to over the course of the event, the following objective taken from the website did not seem to ring true:

      “The Talent will gain unprecedented access to the ‘Experienced’ over the 24 hours as well as having an opportunity to meet other talented creatives based in Manchester in a unique setting. ”

      It became apparent that the ‘Experienced’ hung out in the Green Room, guarded by a security guard, while the ‘talent’ either made up a studio audience watching the ‘expereinced’ or sat about talking between themselves.

      Given that situationism was given such an airing as a core value of the event, the reduction of the event to a spectacle resembling a TV show sometimes seemed to be either ill considered or at others a subtle ironic gesture designed to anger ‘talent’ to overthrow the ‘experienced’ – now part of the establishment. Either way of looking at it has merit in my opinion.

      Perhaps it is a case of what seemed to be television professionals organising an event the way that they know best. The event was it was highly efficiently scheduled and at times interesting entertainment as well as inspiring and thought provoking. Paul Morley and Irvine Welsh were so spot on when they were talking about anything edgy being co-opted by the advertising industry. The pictures of the event seem to have been a particularly good viral marketing campaign for Adidas thanks to the Adidas lanyard.

      It would have been nice to offer up the pictures for ‘talent’ to use to write their own experiences up, and to talk about the event. I would have loved to read what some of Simon Armatige’s fans, eager on Sunday morning to meet the hero, whose poem they studied for GCSE.

      It would have been nice to put the video on YouTube like the famous TED talks: young talent has taken to remixing footage and applying the cut an paste aesthetic. These are skills and passions which should be encouraged, and I think that the organisers have missed an opportunity to allow talent to flourish from this event.

      At the end of the event I stood in URBIS looking at the space between the door and the Green Room. What would happen there I wondered.

      A flag was rolled out on the floor. It was the cross of St George. In the left corner was Stone Roses / Pollock pattern. Tony Wilson’s son signed it, so did Bonehead and John Robb. Tim Burgess did as well. I thought about signing it, but didn’t. Unfortunately Paul Morley was not around to observe the situation for critical analysis. I would have loved to hear what he thought.

    • breedoMof 7:03 pm on September 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Perfect news.., dude

  • seandodson 7:56 am on June 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    New Dawn Fades: Microsoft’s Zune appropriates the spirit of Joy Division 

    First sight of the limited edition Joy Division Zune. Only available in the US. Obviously not good in the rain. Designed by Factory’s Peter Saville.

    • zune accessories 11:49 pm on June 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

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  • seandodson 2:23 am on March 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Joy Division documentary is ‘less a requiem than a celebration’ 

    I’ve said this before about Anton Cobijn’s Control (and lived through the disappointment), but the new Joy Division documentary, which goes on release in May, looks fantastic. Jon Savage writes in today’s Observer Music Monthly about the difficulty of finding enough unseen footage to make the film interesting, and the joy of unearthing old reels of Super 8 film to make it so. The film, moreover, has the backing of the surviving members. Peter Hook, the band’s legendary bassist, recently introduced the film at the Salford Film Festival (a phase he says he never thought he would hear himself saying) saying that the film represented the truth “as opposed to the other one [Control] that didn’t”.

    • love tears 4:23 pm on March 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

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    • venicelion 10:17 pm on July 2, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Sean

      Good to find this blog and catch up with some of your Grauniad Education pieces. Thought you might like to see my Joy Division review:


      I did like Control as well and I’m going to be teaching it in the Autumn, so no doubt I’ll be looking at it a bit more closely.

      Cheers, Roy

  • seandodson 12:52 pm on September 13, 2007 Permalink | Reply
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    Getting closer … 


    I am very excited about the forthcoming release of the new Joy Division biopic, Control. The film marks the directorial debut of the former rock photographer Anton Corbijn and it portrays the life and times of troubled musical genius Ian Curtis. The film follows Michael Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People and will be followed later this year with a feature-length documentary directed by Grant Gee and written by Jon Savage.

    The film is due to be released on October 05, but bits have been leaked on to the net already. You can see the trailer on YouTube; while the The Killers controversial cover of Shadowplay is available as a stream over at Prefix Media.

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