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Joy Division

Foreword by Jay McInerney, Contribution by Bernard Sumner, Photographed by Kevin Cummins

  • October 26, 2010
  • Hardcover
  • Music - Genres & Styles - Punk
  • Rizzoli
  • 8-2/3 x 11-2/3
  • $45.00
  • $54.00
  • 978-0-8478-3481-5

About This Book

The definitive look at one of the most iconic rock bands of all time. Joy Division pioneered a genre of music and defined the look and sound of the post-punk era, and thirty years after the suicide of their lead singer Ian Curtis, they remain one of the most influential rock bands to have come out of England. Between their infamous live performances and two studio albums in the late 1970s, Joy Division set the Manchester scene alight, established Factory Records as the most influential label in pop music, and recorded some of the most enduring songs of the era. Kevin Cummins began his career just as the band formed, and for the few short years of their career was given closer access to them than any other photographer. Joy Division collects more than two hundred of his images of the band—sensitive photographs that capture their quiet introspection offstage, their close relationships as bandmates, and Curtis’s legendary energy in live performances—and supplements the iconic images with concert tickets, unreleased record sleeves, fan club badges, Factory Records flyers, and other rare ephemera. This book is the most definitive and heavily illustrated celebration of the band ever produced.

About the Author

Kevin Cummins is the definitive chronicler of Manchester music. His photographs have appeared in the NME, Melody Maker, The Face, Mojo, and Rolling Stone, and his work has been exhibited at galleries around the world.

Bernard Sumner is a founding member of Joy Division and New Order.

Jay McInerney is the author of such novels as Bright Lights, Big City and The Good Life.


  • "These photographs—all carefully constructed whites and blacks—are collected in 'Joy Division' (Rizzoli, 208 pages, $45). The book is a bleak and gorgeous counterpoint to the band's atmospheric sound. In the photo above, Curtis and Sumner pose in their rehearsal space in a dilapidated warehouse." ~Wall Street Journal

    "Those photos are collected in a new book Joy Division (Rizzoli), which features dozens of previously unpublished pics of the band backstage and in rehearsals, plus shots of Curtis' journals and lyrics, and an introduction by author (and Joy Division super fan) Jay McInerney" ~SPIN

    "The definitive look at one of the most iconic rock bands of all time"

    "Cummins archive of Joy Division photographs, coupled with rare ephemera (including Ian Curtis’ own notebooks), forms the definitive monograph Joy Division. From composed shots in T.J. Davidson’s rehearsal room to raw live performance photos, and even portraits on the streets of Manchester, Cummins view of the band is broad and unfettered."

    "Kevin Cummins, who took many iconic photos of the band, has compiled his shots of the Salford lads in Joy Division (Rizzoli, October)... Most powerful are Cummins's haunting portraits of future suicide Ian Curtis performing live, which practically vibrate with the singer's demonic intensity." ~Book Forum
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