Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures

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Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures

  • Author: Chris Ott
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 9780826415493
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 117
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Joy Division's career has often been shrouded by myths. But the truth is surprisingly simple: over a period of several months, Joy Division transformed themselves from run-of-the-mill punk wannabes into the creators of one of the most atmospheric, disturbing, and influential debut albums ever recorded. Chris Ott carefully picks apart fact from fiction to show how Unknown Pleasures came into being, and how it still resonates so strongly today. EXCERPT The urgent, alien thwack of Stephen Morris' processed snare drum as it bounced from the left to right channel was so arresting in 1979, one could have listened to that opening bar for hours trying to figure how on earth someone made such sounds. Like John Bonham's ludicrous, mansion-backed stomp at the start of "When The Levee Breaks"-only far less expensive-the crisp, trebly snare sound with which Martin Hannett would make his career announced Unknown Pleasures as a finessed, foreboding masterpiece. Peter Hook's compressed bass rides up front as "Disorder" comes together, but it's not until the hugely reverbed, minor note guitar line crashes through that you can understand the need for such a muted, analog treatment to Hook's line. Layering a few tracks together to create a six-string shriek, Hannett's equalization cuts the brunt of Sumner's fuller live sound down to an echoing squeal, revealing a desperation born of longing rather than rage. This is the way, step inside.

Unknown Pleasures

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Unknown Pleasures

Unknown Pleasures

Inside Joy Division

  • Author: Peter Hook
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1471129802
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 352
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'Genuinely funny: indeed, the story will… keep you entertained for a very long time' Sunday Times Joy Division changed the face of music. Godfathers of the current alternative scene, they reinvented rock in the post-punk era, creating a new sound - dark, hypnotic, intense - that would influence U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead and many others. This is the story of Joy Division told by the band's legendary bassist, Peter Hook. 'Hook has restored a flesh-and-blood rawness to what was becoming a standard tale. Few pop music books manage that'Guardian 'An honest, enthusiastic account … It's a window like no other into the reality of life in this most aloof of bands' METRO 'An immense account of Joy Division's rise…Having read Hook's book, you'll feel like you were the fifth member of the band' GQ 'A bittersweet, profanity filled recollection… If you like Joy Division, you really have to read it' Q Magazine 'Hook lifts the lid on the real Ian Curtis' NME 'He's frank, incredibly funny, and isn't shy'Artrocker

Unknown Pleasures

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Unknown Pleasures

Unknown Pleasures

Collected writing on life, death, climbing and everything in between

  • Author: Andy Kirkpatrick
  • Publisher: Vertebrate Publishing
  • ISBN: 1911342886
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 256
  • View: 342
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‘The idea of owning anything except the experience is hubris.’ Unknown Pleasures is a collection of works by the climber and award-winning author Andy Kirkpatrick. Obsessed with climbing and addicted to writing, Kirkpatrick is a master storyteller. Covering subjects as diverse as climbing, relationships, fatherhood, mental health and the media, it is easy to read, sometimes difficult to digest, and impossible to forget. One moment he is attempting a rare solo ascent of Norway’s Troll Wall, the next he is surrounded by the TV circus while climbing Moonlight Buttress with the BBC’s The One Show presenter Alex Jones. Yosemite’s El Capitan is ever-present; he climbs it alone – strung out for weeks, and he climbs it with his thirteen-year-old daughter Ella – her first big wall. His eye for observation and skilled wordcraft make for laugh-out-loud funny moments, while in more hard-hitting pieces he is unflinchingly honest about past and present love and relationships, and pulls no punches with an alternative perspective of our place in the world. Unknown Pleasures is Andy Kirkpatrick at his brilliant best.

Unknown Pleasures

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Unknown Pleasures

Unknown Pleasures

  • Author: Jason Cowley
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780571205318
  • Category: Fathers and sons
  • Page: 256
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Joshua Winter returns to England from Canada where he has been living since his father disappeared ten years earlier. He is meant to be taking up a job with a big London law firm but instead is seduced by the hedonism the city provokes in him and drifts. He falls into working for a sinister entrepreneur, Dundee, who orders Joshua to put the frighteners on a late paying customer, who dies as a result. So begins a trail of murder and deception - but is Joshua really being set up? Unknown Pleasures is at once a highly evocative portrait of London and an unsettling psychological drama.

Joy Division and the Making of Unknown Pleasures

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Joy Division and the Making of Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division and the Making of Unknown Pleasures

  • Author: Jake Kennedy
  • Publisher: Unanimous, Limited
  • ISBN: 9781903318805
  • Category: Punk rock music
  • Page: 215
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This volume sets the scene in the context of the band's early history and the Manchester music world when it was recorded. It includes interviews with musicians, producers, fans and technicians involved.

Jia Zhangke's 'Hometown Trilogy'

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Jia Zhangke's 'Hometown Trilogy'

Jia Zhangke's 'Hometown Trilogy'

Xiao Wu, Platform, Unknown Pleasures

  • Author: Michael Berry
  • Publisher: British Film Inst
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 151
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Michael Berry's study of Jia Zhang-ke's masterful trio of films, The Hometown Trilogy, offers a fascinating insight into the cinematic world of one of contemporary China's most influential directors. Berry focuses on Xiao Wu (1997), Platform (2000) and Unknown Pleasures (2002), films highlighting the plight of marginalized individuals as they struggle to navigate the radically transforming terrain of contemporary China. Highlighting Jia's use of underground shooting techniques, brilliant cinematic language and engagement with other literary and cinematic works, Berry explores the central themes in Jia's oeuvre: destruction and change, stagnation and movement, the individual versus society, political culture versus popular culture, and, of course, the ceaseless search for home.

The Urban Generation

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The Urban Generation

The Urban Generation

Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

  • Author: Zhen Zhang
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 0822390000
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 458
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Since the early 1990s, while mainland China’s state-owned movie studios have struggled with financial and ideological constraints, an exciting alternative cinema has developed. Dubbed the “Urban Generation,” this new cinema is driven by young filmmakers who emerged in the shadow of the events at Tiananmen Square in 1989. What unites diverse directors under the “Urban Generation” rubric is their creative engagement with the wrenching economic and social transformations underway in China. Urban Generation filmmakers are vanguard interpreters of the confusion and anxiety triggered by the massive urbanization of contemporary China. This collection brings together some of the most recent original research on this emerging cinema and its relationship to Chinese society. The contributors analyze the historical and social conditions that gave rise to the Urban Generation, its aesthetic innovation, and its ambivalent relationship to China’s mainstream film industry and the international film market. Focusing attention on the Urban Generation’s sense of social urgency, its documentary impulses, and its representations of gender and sexuality, the contributors highlight the characters who populate this new urban cinema—ordinary and marginalized city dwellers including aimless bohemians, petty thieves, prostitutes, postal workers, taxi drivers, migrant workers—and the fact that these “floating urban subjects” are often portrayed by non-professional actors. Some essays concentrate on specific films (such as Shower and Suzhou River) or filmmakers (including Jia Zhangke and Zhang Yuan), while others survey broader concerns. Together the thirteen essays in this collection give a multifaceted account of a significant, ongoing cinematic and cultural phenomenon. Contributors. Chris Berry, Yomi Braester, Shuqin Cui, Linda Chiu-han Lai, Charles Leary, Sheldon H. Lu, Jason McGrath, Augusta Palmer, Bérénice Reynaud, Yaohua Shi, Yingjin Zhang, Zhang Zhen, Xueping Zhong

This searing light, the sun and everything else

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This searing light, the sun and everything else

This searing light, the sun and everything else

Joy Division: The Oral History

  • Author: Jon Savage
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 0571345387
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 160
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The SUNDAY TIMES Top Ten Bestseller #1 Book of the Year, UNCUT #1 Book of the Year, ROUGH TRADE A Book of the Year, MOJO Joy Division emerged in the mid-70s at the start of a two-decades long Manchester scene that was to become much mythologised. It was then a city still labouring in the wake of the war and entering a phase of huge social and physical change, and something of this spirit made its way into the DNA of the band. Over the course of two albums, a handful of other seminal releases, and some legendary gigs, Joy Division became the most successful and exciting underground band of their generation. Then, on the brink of a tour to America, Ian Curtis took his own life. In This searing light, the sun and everything else, Jon Savage has assembled three decades worth of interviews with the principle players in the Joy Division story: Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Deborah Curtis, Peter Saville, Tony Wilson, Paul Morley, Alan Hempsall, Lesley Gilbert, Terry Mason, Anik Honoré, and many more. It is the story of how a band resurrected a city, how they came together in circumstances that are both accidental and extraordinary, and how their music galvanised a generation of fans, artists and musicians. It is a classic story of how young men armed with electric guitars and good taste in literature can change the world with four chords and three-and-a-half minutes of music. And it is the story of how illness and demons can rob the world of a shamanic lead singer and visionary lyricist. This searing light, the sun and everything else presents the history of Joy Division in an intimate and candid way, as orchestrated by the lodestar of British music writing, Jon Savage.