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movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) December 9th, 2007  

David Potts (ex Revenge / Monaco) New Album & Free Single 4.99 from The David Potts eBay Store




We're offering the album 'Coming Up For Air' and ANY single for just 5 including the limited edition 7" white vinyl version of 'I'm the Greatest' and the Ram EP 'Songs on Page One' or 'Monkey in the Rain',  the new double A-side single which is out now for download and as a limited edition CD EP.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 22th, 2007  



After the incredible success of the Ian Curtis biopic movie, Control, the Salford Film Festival is pleased to announce the first north west screening of


Joy Division: The Documentary

Tues 27th November 8:30pm

Vue Cinema, Lowry Outlet Mall, Salford Quays

Tickets 6.25 Box Office: 08712 240 240

(get there early Man U are playing at home!)


The feature film length documentary will be introduced by Joy Division and New Order legend Peter Hook, with a Q&A session afterwards.


Written by author and original Joy Division fan/friend, Jon Savage, the doc is a factual account of actual events surrounding the band almost three decades ago. It includes interviews with all the surviving band members and an exclusive chat with Ian Curtiss mistress Annik Honore, who speaks about Ian for the first time. 


The doc also has lots of archive footage of Manchester and Salford, plus extracts from many filmed concerts that have never been seen before.


Says Peter Hook: 


Control is a cinematic version of events, it doesnt provide all the answers. 

But the documentary is in our own words, the people who were there, talking about it.


The Documentary did really well when it was premiered at the Toronto Film Festival four sell out nights just by word of mouth - so it really is on the crest of a wave this Joy Division thing, it absolutely amazes me. 


When I saw it I was like `Wow this is pretty good this, I was quite surprised. I thought Id be Joy Divisioned out and yet if Im interested in it

Further details on everything at www.salfordfilmfestival.org.uk 


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 21th, 2007  



Tony Wilson - officially a national treasure


It was only fitting and proper that the wealth of glowing tributes which followed the sad passing of Tony Wilson, co-founder and director of Factory Records and the Hacienda, in August of this year, treated him as a national treasure. The National Portrait Gallery have now followed suit, as Abba to Zappa learns that they will be hanging this image of Tony Wilson by Kevin Cummins, as Portrait of the Month for December, after which it will be added to the national collection. The shot was taken on the dancefloor of the Hacienda on 10 May 1985.

'We don't have any pictures of Tony Wilson in the collection at the moment and we consider that he has made a significant contribution to British culture and life.'
Terence Pepper, Curator of the National Portrait Gallery, told us today.

'We were offered a number of different portraits of Tony and we thought that this portrait by Kevin Cummins was the most iconic.'


With the blessing of Wilson's partner Yvette Livesey, Kevin Cummins is producing a limited edition of signed prints that will be sold with proceeds going to Manchester Royal Infirmary (Kidneys for Life charity) and Christie's Hospital (which was were Wilson himself was treated).


The prints are handmade 16 x 20 inch gelatin silver archive photographic prints in an edition of 30, signed by Kevin Cummins. The prints cost 450 (incl VAT) each plus 10 P&P (in the EU).


Anyone interested should email kevin@kevincummins.co.uk

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 16th, 2007  

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival 2007


Sound & Vision Award 2007

Joy Division
(Director: Grant Gee, UK 2007)

"Great selection of footage, a deep engagement with the subject and intimate interviews combines to make a restless and engaging documentary. The background material gives a good sense of the psychogeography of Manchester at the time, and the effects create a tension and energy which mirrors the evolving epilepsy of lead singer Ian Curtis."



To be released in North America via The Weinstein Company on March 25 and in the UK by the Works/Universal  National theatrical release in UK early April.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 15th, 2007  

Hook: New Order Archival Projects On Hold



With Joy Division successfully memorialized on CD and the big screen, bassist Peter Hook would like to see the same done for its successor, New Order. But, he says, there are issues.

"Since New Order has split up, we ... aren't really friends yet," says Hook. Therefore, plans for a New Order box set and expanded reissues -- similar to Rhino's recent treatment of Joy Division's three initial Factory releases -- are on hold. "Because of our relationship," Hook notes, "we're struggling to find a way of moving it forward. Everybody is busy doing their next project."

Hook says there's a wealth of rarities to populate any New Order sets -- particularly a large passel of live recordings that includes the fledgling group's very first concert in 1980. Also around is a selection of songs left over from sessions for New Order's final album, 2005's "Waiting for the Sirens' Call."

"We had seven or eight tracks left over," Hook recalls. "Our idea was to bring them out very quickly after 'Sirens," but because we fell out and weren't enjoying working together, that idea was just pushed further and further back. Those tracks are still there, still unfinished. And they're as good as 'Sirens,' funnily enough."

Hook says Bernard Sumner is particularly resistant to moving forward on any archival projects. "Bernard sort of dislikes the past; he's quite open about that. And he dislikes our live past even more," Hook explains. "It's quite sad, really. As I've gotten older, I think there's a lot more value to your history being judged."


Hook isn't just living in the past, however. He's moving forward with Freebass, his bass guitar-celebrating group with Smiths alumnus Andy Rourke and Stone Roses/Primal Scream vet Gary "Mani" Mounfield. The group has recently cut tracks with the Charlatans' Tim Burgess and rapper Howard Marx and is putting together a schedule for 2008 summer European festivals.

"It's really coming on and we're very, very pleased," Hook says. "As nice as looking back is, musicians of my ilk are really interested in looking forward. I feel very positive about Freebass right now."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 14th, 2007  

Sam Riley among Variety's Oscars tips


He was working in a warehouse in Leeds folding shirts when he was cast to star in a film about the life, loves and brief musical reign of Joy Division's ill-fated frontman, Ian Curtis.


Today Sam Riley found himself being tipped for Oscars glory alongside 30 international stars of the screen singled out by the industry bible, Variety, whose predictions are regarded as a barometer of the film world.


With the Golden Globes nominations to be announced next month, before the Baftas in January, the film world is already gripped by awards fever, before the ultimate prize awarded by the American Academy.



In his first role as a leading man, Riley found widespread acclaim this year at the Cannes Film Festival, with the premiere of Control, in which he portrayed the post-punk icon who committed suicide 27 years ago at the age of 23.


The brooding charisma of Riley's performance did not go unnoticed. While the debut film director Anton Corbijn said that the newcomer had brought an innocence and freshness that I was hoping for but never thought I would find, Variety said that Riley was as mesmerising onstage as he is while engaged in rocking his daughter to sleep, working for social services and other such punk rocker incongruities.


Other British hopefuls on the list include the actor Daniel Day-Lewis and the screenwriter Ronald Harwood, who are no strangers to the Oscars red carpet, having won for My Left Foot and The Pianist respectively.



movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 8th, 2007  


The Joy Division bassist speaks at premiere of new documentary


Former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook has revealed that Ian Curtis' widow, Deborah Curtis, "fucking hated" 'Control'".


Speaking after the premiere of new Joy Division documentary 'Joy Division' at the Sheffield DOC/FEST film festival last night (November 7), the bassist praised the film's director Grant Gee

"The fact that you did this before 'Control' made this work," explained Hook, adding that the documentary was "the perfect answer" to to Anton Corbijn's recent biopic 'Control'


He told Gee, who has previously worked with Radiohead on their tour documentary 'Meeting People Is Easy', that: "If you'd done it after 'Control' we wouldn't have talked to you about it, to be honest. You got the story before we all went through it over and over and over again. I was a little worried to say the least and thought 'how is it going to work together?', but it's the perfect answer to 'Control'."

He added that Ian Curtis' widow Deborah was not fond of the film based on her book 'Touching From A Distance'

'Joy Division''s producer Jacqui Edenbrow told the audience that she had received an email from Deborah saying how much she liked the documentary, to which Hook responded: "That's good because she fucking hated 'Control'. So well done."

The documentary, written by music journalist Jon Savage, has been criticized for not featuring Deborah Curtis, despite heavily utilizing interviews with Annick Honore, who Ian Curtis had an affair with.

Hook added that the film reminded him how good his band were, saying: "When I see things like that it makes me think how fucking good we were. Tell that to the Arctic Monkeys!"

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 31th, 2007  
To celebrate Joy Division and "Control", Worldinmotion and Rhino Records are pleased to be giving away


Joy Division prize:
Oct 31

1. 2007 She's Lost Control / Dead Souls 7" Vinyl Promo

Nov 1

2. Control Full Size Movie Poster

Nov 2

3. Set of 4 Joy Division Pins

Nov 3

4. Custom Joy Division Earplugs

Nov 4

4. Vinyl Reissues of Unknown Pleasures, Closer and Still

Nov 5

5. Deluxe 2CD Reissues of Unknown Pleasures, Closer and Still

Nov 6

6. CD of Control

Nov 7

7. Control T-Shirt


Winners as follow


Oct 31

1.  Jeffrey Diamond

Nov 1

2. Paul Moore

Nov 2

3. Rachel Long

Nov 3

4. David Shana

Nov 4

4. Aline Rasolli

Nov 5

5. Andrew Perst

Nov 6

6. Kenley George

Nov 7

7. Jack Shelton

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 31th, 2007  


New Order remix Nine Inch Nails


Trent Reznor and co get remix treatment

Members of New Order have remixed Nine Inch Nails for a forthcoming remix album.

Nine Inch Nails are set to release a remix of their 'Year Zero' album entitled 'Y34RZ3ROR3M1X3D' on November 21.

New Order's Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert have remixed the tracks 'God Given' and 'Zero Sum'.

Ladytron have remixed 'The Beginning Of The End', while The Knife's Olof Dreijer has remixed 'Me, I'm Not'.

People who buy the album are also able to make their own remixes. The CD will include a DVD-Rom.

Remix.nin.com will launch the day of the release and fans will be able to post their versions online at the site.

Trent Reznor told Alternative Press: "Remix records can be disposable garbage (of which I myself have been guilty to some extent) but this collection feels good to me."

The tracklisting and remixers are:

'Gunshots By Computer' - Saul Williams
'The Great Destroyer' - Modwheelmood
'My Violent Heart' - Pirate Robot Midget
'The Beginning Of The End' - Ladytron
'Survivalism' - Saul Williams
'Capital G' - Epworth Phones
'Vessel' - Bill Laswell
'The Warning' - Stefan Goodchild featuring Doudou n'Diaye Rose
'Meet Your Master' - The Faint
'God Given' -
Stephen Morris & Gillian Gilbert
'Me, I'm Not' - Olof Dreijer
'Another Version Of The Truth' - Kronos Quartet & Enrique Gonzalez Mller
'In This Twilight' - Fennesz
'Zero Sum' - Stephen Morris & Gillian Gilbert

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 24th, 2007  

Control leads nominations list


JOY Division biopic Control leads the field at the British Independent Film Awards with 10 nominations.

Its star, the unknown Sam Riley (pictured), is a contender for best actor and most promising newcomer with his performance as tragic singer Ian Curtis.

Control's other nominations include best film, best director for Anton Corbijn and best supporting actress for Samantha Morton.

The annual awards honour the best in independent British cinema.

Best actor

And When Did You Last See Your Father?, an adaptation of Blake Morrison's best-selling book, has seven nominations including best actor for Jim Broadbent and best supporting actor for Colin Firth.

Among the other films vying for awards are Eastern Promises, Notes On A Scandal, Hallam Foe and the forthcoming Brick Lane.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on November 28.

James Bond star Daniel Craig will receive the Variety Award for his work in "bringing the international spotlight to the British film industry".

Ray Winstone will be honoured with an outstanding contribution award.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 24th, 2007  

For the first time ever in the US Joy Division ringtones.



Search JOY DIVISION on your mobile phone for official Joy Division ringtones!


Text JOYD1 to 74466 for "Transmission"

Text JOYD2 to 74466 for "Love Will Tear Us Apart"


*Requires compatible handset and service through participating carriers. Standard text messaging rates apply.See your contract for details. Available content subject to change at any time.  Rhino Entertainment Company

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 22th, 2007  

Viva Radio presents Complete Control Radio, an online radio series exploring the life and times of Ian Curtis and Joy Division




Viva Radio are now proud to announce the Joy Division-inspired Complete Control Radio. Starting Tues. October 23rd and continuing through the 30th, with extensive research and help from contributor and institutional pillar Dan Selzer, Viva excavates the post-punk vaults for classic and rare Joy Division / New Order / Factory Records material and brings exclusive interviews with band members and affiliates to the online arena. Check out the schedule below:


Tues. 10/23

Complete Control Radio Pt. 1

Known and Unknown Pleasures:

Joy Division & New Order


Thurs. 10/25

Complete Control Radio Pt. 2

Lust for Life:

Joy Division Influences, Peers, and Followers


Fri. 10/26

Complete Control Radio Pt. 3

Interviews w/ Jon Savage & Matthew Higgs


Tues. 10/30

Complete Control Radio Pt. 4

Interviews w/ Simon Reynolds & Peter Hook

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 19th, 2007  

Monaco Reform to Headline 'Oxjam at the Ritz'

Sunday 28th October 2007


Monaco are to headline a charity event for Oxfam at Manchester Ritz on Sunday 28th October. David Potts and Peter Hook are re-uniting for a line-up of some Manchester favourites along with some new and upcoming talent as part of a month long series of events under the banner of Oxjam.

Peter Hook says: I had a great time in Monaco and thought wed written some top tunes. Were basically having some fun for a very good cause. Theres a lot I take for granted in this world and Im delighted to help other people in any way I can. I admire and respect Pottsy as a musician and a friend so Ill play with him any chance I get. I havent played the Ritz since Rob Grettons memorial and am very much looking forward to performing there again.


Other bands playing on the night are The Complete Stone Roses, Tom Hingley and the Lovers, Vinny Peculiar, Damian Morgan & Mike Doyle, freelovebabies, The Peoples Revolutionary Choir, The deBretts and The Rools. There will also be a dj set from legendary Specials frontman, Terry Hall.

Oxjam is a festival with a difference: thousands of events put on by music lovers from large-scale festivals to local sponsored busks during October will produce the equivalent of 500 days of continuous music, all raising money to fight poverty around the world.


Last year, around 20,000 music lovers took part in 1,100 music events, and the festival generated 500,000 for Oxfam. The target of 1 million from Oxjam this year would be enough to provide safe water for almost 1.4 million people, 20,000 emergency shelters or essential medicines for 10,000 villages.


Doors for the Manchester Ritz event open at 5.00pm with the first band on at 5.15pm and Monaco onstage at 10pm. Tickets are available from www.ticketline.co.uk.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 16th, 2007  

"Control" US Official release schedule so far


New York- Film Forum

Los Angeles- Landmark NuArt 500 seats

Los Angeles- The Landmark (moves over from NuArt)
Chicago- Music Box
Philadelphia- Landmark Ritz
San Francisco- Landmark Lumiere
Berkeley- Landmark Shattuck
Boston- Landmark Kendall Square
Detroit- Landmark Main Art
Seattle- Landmark Metro
Denver- Landmark Starz Filmcenter
St. Louis- Landmark Tivoli

Dallas- Landmark Inwood
Washington DC- Landmark E-Street
Atlanta- Landmark Midtown
Minneapolis- Landmark Lagoon
San Diego- Landmark Ken
Houston - Landmark

Pittsburgh - Squirrel Hill

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 12th, 2007  

Widows Liverpool family tribute to tragic singer

THE Liverpool-born widow of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis invited her extended family to a special screening of a film about his life last night.


Deborah Curtis wanted her relatives to see Control, which she co-produced, to mark the end of her involvement in the exhausting process.


Ian Curtis hanged himself in 1980, aged 23, on the eve of his bands first American tour.


The surviving members of Joy Division, best known for their single Love Will Tear Us Apart, went on to become New Order.


Control, directed by photographer Anton Corbijn, who shot some of the most iconic pictures of the band, is based on Ms Curtiss book about her husband, Touching from a Distance.


Although Ms Curtis did not want to watch the film alongside her family at Fact last night, she took the opportunity to answer questions and sign books for fans.


She told the Daily Post: Because I was born here, it seemed like really a lovely way to finish all the furore.


It is a chance to see family I havent seen for years.


I wanted a family get together to make it a happy occasion, because it is such a sad film.


And they were there at the beginning, they were at our engagement party, so they will remember.


I just hope it doesnt upset them.


Softly spoken and modest in nature, Ms Curtis had deliberated whether to get involved with the film but decided her input would ensure she had some say in how the story was told something she had not had with the making of 24 Hour Party People, the first film to chart the rise of Joy Division.


Before Touching from a Distance was published in 1995, the public knew little of Curtiss personal life and inner turmoil, and his widow just started writing for my own peace of mind, to get my thoughts down on paper and try and sort out in my own mind what happened and what went wrong.


Epileptic Curtis struggled with debilitating fits, and at the time of his suicide was conflicted between his loyalties to his wife and their baby daughter Natalie at home in Macclesfield, and his feelings for his lover, Belgian journalist Annike Honore.


Ms Curtis, portrayed by Samantha Moreton in Control, says she is happy with the end result.


It is a very powerful film, and Im glad its been made because it puts someone else in those roles.


It kind of helps me to get out of it and distance myself from it, I think.


It all comes back to just how long ago it was. The black and white helps that. Its like looking at a photograph, it brings it all home.


Harder to watch, she says, is a new documentary, just called Joy Division, that interviews many people who were close to Curtis.


It is a question his widow must be asked wherever she goes, but Ms Curtis knows why the appeal of her husband lives on more than 25 years after his death.


Its got to be the music. The lyrics and his voice are just timeless. There are a lot of artists who have gone on who are still going and people are interested. If the music can stand up, thats all you need.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 12th, 2007  



Former New Order bassist Peter Hook has told Gigwise that he plans to work with Liam Gallagher and Ian Brown in the near future.


Since he called time on New Order, Hook has been working alongside Primal Scream bass player Mani and former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke on a new project under the name, Freebass.

Hook told Gigwise this week that The Charlatans Tim Burgess has just turned in the first vocal for the outfit and that the momentum behind the band is building quickly.


Describing Burgess contribution as fucking great, he went on to reveals the impressive list of other artists who are scheduled to contribute guest vocals for the band.

Weve got other people working on it, Hook revealed. Ian Brown is doing one for us, Howard Marks is doing one for us, Pete Wiley, Ian McCulloch, Liam Gallagher.

Explaining the trios motivation for forming Freebass, Hook explained: Weve just called friends in really which has been nice.

I think its always good to give something back and weve helped them in the past all of us, me and Mani have helped a lot of people and so has Andy Rourke, so its been nice to do it.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 10th, 2007  


Wilson to be 'freeman'

MUSIC mogul Tony Wilson is to become the first posthumous freeman of the city of Manchester, it has been announced.

Wilson, who died earlier this year aged 57, will have his name inscribed on the roll of honour in Manchester Town Hall.

It is an honour usually reserved for those who have been given freedom of the city, which has only been awarded to 75 people and six military regiments.

Councillors unanimously agreed to the move after holding a minute's silence in honour of the late impresario at the opening of a council meeting.

The motion was proposed by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Glyn Evans, in recognition of Wilson's "outstanding contribution to the life, music and culture of the city over many years".

Councillor Evans had wanted to make Wilson an honorary freeman but a spokeswoman explained this was not possible due to council rules.

She said: "One of the key criteria for honorary freemen is that they are alive. But had Tony lived, he would almost certainly have been given freeman status so councillors agreed they would make an exception and his name will be placed alongside those who have been given the status."

The last person to be given freedom of the city was Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, in 1999. A life-long United supporter, Wilson's name will be inscribed alongside Sir Alex's and on the same row as former manager Sir Matt Busby.

Wilson, the former broadcaster, record label boss and owner of the Hacienda nightclub, died on August 10 after a battle with cancer.

During his life he became synonymous with Manchester's thriving music scene, launching the bands New Order, Joy Division and Happy Mondays alongside his day job as a television reporter.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 9th, 2007  
The Q Awards 2007 took place on 8 October at the Grosvenor, Park Lane, London

02:04 PM

On the edge of tears Hooky presents an award to Tony Wilson's son and daughter. Cue standing ovation. An emotional moment.



The Q Hero is...

Anthony H. Wilson
(to collect on his behalf his children Oliver and Isobel)

Presenter: Peter Hook

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 8th, 2007  


Former New Order star Peter Hook has confirmed that there is no future for the band.

The bassist told Gigwise that he would not reunite with drummer Stephen Morris and guitarist Bernard Sumner because of their "attitude".

Speaking before presenting a posthumous award to the late Tony Wilson at the Q Awards, he said: "There is no future for New Order. I mean, not as it was anyway. If they [Morris and Sumner] want to form a New Order 2 then thats what it should be viewed as."

Hook has blamed his bandmates for the group's split in May after 27 years.

Talking about the reasons behind the break-up, he said: "I couldnt carry on working the way they were working and I didnt like the attitude. Unless that attitude changes then its of no interest to me."

He added: "I felt we had different ambitions from what the group was supposed to be about and it didnt make sense to me."

The 51-year-old spoke out to deny rumours that the Manchester rockers may reform in an interview last month.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 6th, 2007  

New day for New Order

The members of New Order have dismissed rumours that they plan to reform.

Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner attended a screening of the new Joy Division film Control - but not as a happy trio.

"We've all been shouting at each other - now we're just arguing about who has custody of the children," joked Sumner.

Hook recently admitted that he's working on a new venture called Freebase with Gary 'Mani' Mounfield (Stone Roses, Primal Scream) and Andy Rourke (the Smiths).

Meanwhile, Sumner and Morris are putting together a project of their own.

Sumner said: "I'm working on some stuff at the moment. Steve is gonna be involved with it, and it's a project called Bad Lieutenant."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 5th, 2007  
Diesel:U:Music Awards 2007 Rock

The Diesel:U:Music awards 2007 - which took place October 3 at Camden's Koko - saw superb performances from CSSGood Shoes and Wiley as some of the best unsigned acts in the country were recognised in a roomful of journalists, record company execs and music industry tastemakers.

This year's unsigned winners in the rock/indie category - as judged by Motley Crue's Nikki Six, producer Butch Walker and Joy Division's Peter Hook - were American rock outfit The Features.

Co-presented by Xfm's Alex Zane, the awards also saw post-punk legends Joy Division awarded the 4Music Icon Award whilst Factory Records founder Peter Savile picked up a Contribution To Music Award.

The full list of winners is:

  • Rock/indie: The Features
  • Electronic: Get Shakes
  • Urban: Cool Kids
  • Contribution To Music: Peter Saville
  • 4music Icon Award: Joy Division

Peter Saville, one of the founding members of Factory Records and the artist behind all of the Factory Records sleeves including Joy Divisions seminal album Unknown Pleasures and New Orders Blue Monday, received the Diesel:U:Music Contribution to Music Award. A major player in the graphic design revolution, Peter Savilles record sleeve designs changed the way people thought about pop music. Saville has also designed covers for PULP, Roxy Music, Wham and OMD. Peter Saville is now creative director for the city of Manchester.

Pioneering post-punk band Joy Division w
ere awarded 4Music Icon Award at the Diesel:U:Music Awards. This Award recognises Joy Division as one of the most influential and inventive bands in British music history. Having released debut album Unknown Pleasures and completing second album Closer before the tragic suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis in May1980, Closer has been described 'as magnificent a memorial as any post-Presley popular musician could ever have' by the NME. Diesel:U:Music is proud to celebrate the works of such a great band.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 5th, 2007  


Stars come out for Control premiere

IT was rock 'n' roll time at the Cornerhouse last night, for the city's premiere of Control, the new movie about the life and untimely death of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis.

But it seems the occasion didn't persuade the remaining members of the band, now New Order, to kiss and make up.

Although Peter Hook and Stephen Morris came out to support the film, there was no sign of singer Bernard Sumner.

Drummer Stephen admitted it was an emotional experience to watch the movie: "The film is excellent, but I suppose it's just a bit draining for those of us who had been a part of it all."

The movie has been winning rave reviews ever since it won top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Bassist Peter Hook says: "It amazes me, the power of music. Sometimes it amazes me how knowledgeable young people are about Joy Division.

"And I feel sorry for all these young bands coming through because none of them seem to be able to knock Joy Division off our pedestal."


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 5th, 2007  


Street to be named after Wilson

David Ottewell

A STREET in the heart of Manchester is set to be re-named in honour of music mogul Tony Wilson.

Whitworth Street West - which was home to the legendary Hacienda nightclub - could become Tony Wilson Way, Anthony H Wilson Way or Wilson Street West.

The plans have been drawn up by the city council as a fitting tribute to the man known as `Mr Manchester'.

He died of a heart attack in August aged 57, following a battle with cancer.

Whitworth Street West is the official address of the Hacienda building, the site of the former nightclub that Wilson used to put Manchester music on the map.

The name change would have to be approved by two thirds of the residents of the street.

The idea was put forward by Mr Wilson's son, Oliver, and daughter, Isobel.


The re-naming could happen as early as next spring. A street party would be held to celebrate.

The council is likely to throw the shortlist of names over to residents to help choose a favourite.

Pat Karney, the council's city centre spokesman, said he was confident that the move would go ahead.

"We need two thirds of people to agree but I have gone round all the blocks and I am confident people will want to make history on that street," he said.

In a separate move Peter Saville, the designer behind some of the city's most famous record sleeves, is at the heart of plans to set up a "Wilson Academy", possibly in Urbis. The academy would work with local children on arts and music projects and would involve many of Mr Saville's well-known contacts in the media world.

The M.E.N. disclosed on Wednesday that the council is already due to pass a unanimous motion next week in honour of Mr Wilson.

Councillors will agree to etch his name in the town hall alongside 75 individuals granted honorary freeman of the city status.

Technically that status can only be given to people while they are alive - but the council has decided to take the action to reflect Mr Wilson's importance to the city.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) September 26th, 2007  

Control - the podcast of the movie by anton corbijn


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) Sept 26th, 2007  

New Order just released an "iTunes Originals" album (Sept 24). Here are the direct links:


In the UK:




In the US:




In this revealing ITunes Original session (April 28th, 2005), the group plays early hits and new songs and unearths two Joy Division classics (Transmission and Love Will Tear Us Apart). In the interview segments, the members recall their early inspirations, Factory Records, the hedonism of Ibiza (which influenced the Technique album), the groups six-year  separation, and what they real things about encore.


Cover ArtiTunes Originals 0:06
A Door Opening In a Darkened Room 1:29
Transmission (iTunes Originals Version) 3:42
The First Album "Movement" Was Very Tentative 1:00
Dreams Never End 3:15
That's One of the Legends Anyway 1:17
Blue Monday 7:24
Another One of Our Dance Rock Things 0:56
Bizarre Love Triangle (iTunes Originals Version) 4:46
It's Most Notable for the Quality of Its Sleeve 0:17
The Perfect Kiss 4:50
There Was No Great Plan 0:18
Love Vigilantes (iTunes Originals Version) 4:13
We Don't Really Know What We're Doing 0:31
True Faith 5:50
Then It All Started Going Wrong 1:17
Round and Round 4:32
"Run Wild" Is a Very Personal Track 1:34
Run Wild (iTunes Originals Version) 4:20
A Total Shock 1:31
Regret 4:08
People Like the New Numbers 0:47
Waiting for the Sirens' Call (iTunes Originals Version) 5:23
I Find It Very Pleasurable 1:01
Love Will Tear Us Apart (iTunes Originals Version) 4:02

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) September 26th, 2007  

Joy Division movie premieres in New York

Dave Gahan, Sonic Youth and more turn out for Ian Curtis film

The Ian Curtis biopic 'Control' made its US debut at the Chelsea West Cinema in Manhattan last night (September 25).

The warmly received film was watched by an audience that included Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode, model Helena Christensen, actor Steve Buscemi and members of Sonic Youth.

'Control' follows the story of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis and is based on the book 'Touching From A Distance' by his widow Deborah.

The film was directed by Joy Division photographer Anton Corbijn, who moved from his Netherlands home in order to shoot the Manchester band in October 1979.

He subsequently became a regular NME photographer and went on to shoot iconic images of bands such as U2, Depeche Mode, REM and The Killers, among others.

Speaking to NME.COM at the screening, Corbijn explained that his emotional attachment and relationship with the band made up for his inexperience in film-making, and that 'Control' was not intended to be a traditional music biopic.

"It's an intense love story, and concerns a boy who follows his dream but doesn't like where he ends up," he explained. "I wanted to make sure that Ian was portrayed as normal, and so I felt it was important to surround him with an everyday background.

"A lot of people's lives are very mundane, but a great deal of beauty can come from these kind of environments too and Joy Division's music was a great example of this."

The film opens on October 5 in the UK, and from October 10 in the US on a limited release

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) Sept 07TH, 2007  


Director Anton Corbijn and actor Sam Riley transmit the spirit of Ian Curtis and Joy Division
By Jason Anderson


Starring Sam Riley, Samantha Morton. Written by Matt Greenhalgh. Directed by Anton Corbijn. 121 min. Sep 7, 9:45pm, Scotiabank 2; Sep 8, 9am, Scotiabank 2.

By accepting the role of one of rock's most mythologized figures, Sam Riley had to live up to many people's expectations. Worse yet, some of those people were standing right in front of him. For the filming of the concert sequences in Control – Anton Corbijn's sensitive, stately drama about the short, tumultuous life of Ian Curtis, the Joy Division singer whose menacing music and gloomy mystique had an enormous influence on both the Manchester scene and the last three decades' worth of alt-rock – the sweaty extras in the audience were many of the band's biggest fans.

“That's how we got them cheap,” quips Riley in an interview last week from his apartment in Berlin.

Unfortunately, they were also there to make sure Riley, an actor and musician plucked out of obscurity to play Curtis, did his job right. “I had a guy come up to me and say, ‘So, you Ian, then?' I said, ‘Yeah.' And he said, ‘Well, I saw them eight times, mate, so it'd better be fookin' good.' I was like, ‘I hope so too!' There were some pretty crazy people who don't want Ian or Ian's myth to be fucked about with. I asked a fellow in the front row if he was a Joy Division fan. He said ‘Yeah,' then lifted up his shirt – he had a huge tattoo of Ian's face on his left tit. I thought, ‘Aw, fuck.'”

Whether or not we opt for body art, everyone who's loved Joy Division's music has their own version of Curtis, the genuine article who hanged himself in 1980 at the age of 23. He also haunts the memories of the friends and family he left behind, such as his widow Deborah Curtis, whose 1996 memoir Touching From a Distance served as the basis for Control, and his bandmates, who went on to greater success as New Order. Yet Riley's deeply committed performance has attracted nothing but accolades since Control premiered at Cannes in May. (The movie makes its North American premiere this week at TIFF.)

Likewise, Control is an impressive, fully realized feature debut for Corbijn, long one of the music world's most celebrated photographers and video directors. (His list of credits includes shooting the cover of U2's The Joshua Tree and directing Nirvana's “Heart-Shaped Box” video.) Skirting the clichés of the rock biopic, Corbijn delves deep into Curtis' life to portray him not as some existential loner but a charismatic, energetic yet troubled young man who derives little satisfaction from his growing success due to his worsening epileptic fits and his inability to choose between the two women he loves, wife Deborah (Samantha Morton) and girlfriend Annik (Alexandra Maria Lara).

“The film is quite a human portrait of Ian Curtis,” says Corbijn in a phone interview from his home in London. “We are not building a myth around him.”

Though the live sequences – with Joy Division's songs performed convincingly by Riley and the actors playing his bandmates – are plenty riveting, Control is more remarkable for its moments of quiet intimacy than any displays of onstage bravura. “In many ways that's what I've always been interested in,” says Corbijn. “If you look at my photography in my books, you don't see really live shots. You don't see this kind of orgasm onstage. You see more the pain of artists as they're trying to create things.”

Seeing that Corbijn actually shot some of the most iconic Joy Division photographs – their look and the band's artwork are emulated by Control's austere black-and-white cinematography – he would seem to be the perfect choice to make Control. Yet he initially rejected the offer to direct it, worrying that he would not be taken seriously as a movie director if he took on a “rock film.” Thankfully, the more he thought about this era and this music, the more he realized “how incredibly important it had been in my life – that music made me change countries. I had moved from Holland to work with Joy Division.”

Since the production involved Deborah Curtis, New Order and Factory Records founder Tony Wilson (a legend in his own right who died from complications due to renal cancer last month), Corbijn would also have to do justice to Curtis' memory in the eyes of those who loved him. Yet, as the director says, “I had no agenda other than telling Ian's story. I wasn't choosing between people – I was trying to be objective.”

A greater challenge was finding an actor who could play Curtis. (Thankfully it wasn't Jude Law, who was once attached to the project.) Riley's careers in acting and music had stalled – he played Mark E. Smith of The Fall in a scene cut from 24 Hour Party People and his band 10,000 Things sputtered out after one album – and he had a job folding shirts in a Leeds warehouse when his agent called about auditioning for Control. Corbijn was struck by Riley's appearance during their first meeting.

“I remember meeting Joy Division in late 1979 and they were like real English boys,” Corbijn says. “They hadn't eaten enough and they had just shirts on with big coats when it was really too cold for that, and they were smoking and shivering. When I met Sam, he was identical to them – he was also underdressed, underfed, smoking and shivering! It was really uncanny.”

Calling the role a “golden part,” Riley set out to learn all he could about Curtis, talking to those who knew him. “Just about everybody I've spoken to said he was really a charming, pleasant and affable young man but was drawn away from everyone by the illness, the medication and the pressures,” he says. “He was a mess of contradictions. He had dreams of being a rock star and then he wanted to turn his back on it and be a good family man. Yet he resented his family at the same time, and resented his love affair while loving the woman as well. He was completely torn apart.”

As is clear from his performance, Riley says he gave the role “everything I had. This was my big chance, my big opportunity to do something decent with my life, so I locked myself away from family and friends for that whole period and tried to stay as close to it as possible and worry about the consequences later. There were times it was very hard but I was always thrilled to be there. A few lines were blurred here and there obviously, but it worked in the end and I've recovered from it.”

The fruit of his labours is a powerful homage to Ian Curtis that will please Joy Division fanatics just as much as it moves viewers hearing his music for the first time. That said, Riley isn't exactly eager to bear that kind of weight again.

“I don't want to make a specialty of playing suicidal young men,” he says. “Maybe a slapstick comedy's next.”


Dir Grant Gee. 93 min. Real to Reel program. Sep 7, 2:45pm, Scotiabank 3; Sep 9, 5:30pm, Cumberland 3; Sep 15, 8:15pm, Cumberland 3.

An unofficial companion piece to Anton Corbijn's Ian Curtis feature, Gee's doc is sure to be the last word in Joy Division mythology. Of course, like Corbijn's film, it hardly deals in mythology at all: what's presented here is a tidy and stark history of the band's brief career from the perspective of the players, associates and onlookers, with the city of Manchester treated as a figure among those. With no filmed interview footage of Curtis – but some excellent and oft-seen TV performances – Gee trawls through notebooks and audio tapes to the extent where Curtis' ghost inhabits the film as much as it does his records (a tape of the singer speaking under hypnosis, and seemingly from a past life, to guitarist Bernard Sumner is downright chilling). There is humour as well as heartbreak, and Gee's procession of curio is presented stylishly but never intrusively. Joy Division peeks behind some very heavy curtains to reveal a vivid and lively history.



movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) Sept 11TH, 2007  


New Order set for reunion?

NO sooner have the original band members of New Order gone their separate ways than rumours surface that the group may be reunited - for a one-off tribute to the late, great Factory Records boss Tony Wilson.

The legendary Manc band split earlier this year after bass player Peter Hook announced he was no longer working with singer Bernard Sumner and drummer Stephen Morris.

But Peter has now revealed that he has discussed the possibility of reforming the band for a one-off tribute to Tony - the man who first signed the band to his Factory label in their former incarnation, Joy Division.

Hooky told the M.E.N: "It's very typical New Order to split up and then get back together again just like that isn't it?

"The idea has been mooted by Oliver (Tony Wilson's son) - that was when it was talked about.

"And the thing is, for Tony, I'd do anything.

"So, I'm not ruling anything out - I never do really."

Since the death of `Mr Manchester' last month, there has been much talk about what will be the most fitting tribute to music mogul and broadcaster Tony, with suggestions including a huge memorial concert.

And Hooky says he doesn't think any tribute could be too big for a man so influential in his own, and Manchester's, life.

He tells me: "What I'd like is a huge statue of Tony, stood there, legs akimbo, on Princess Parkway, with `Welcome To My Manchester' on the top of his head - that's what I'd like.

"I don't personally think, for someone who was as important to me as Tony was, that any kind of tribute is too big - particularly when you think how much he gave to this city."


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) Sept 6TH, 2007  


With a Film about Joy Division Singer Ian Curtis Due This Fall, Rhino Revisits the Band's Catalog for Expanded Editions of Three Essential Albums, a Special Vinyl Boxed Set and Ringtones, Plus the Film's Soundtrack, Which Contains Unreleased Music by The Killers and New Order

The Reissues, Soundtrack and Ringtones Will Be Available October 30

The Vinyl Box Will Be Available Exclusively from Rhino September 11


September 06 2007

Joy Division recorded two albums before singer Ian Curtis tragically took his own life in 1980. But what the Manchester quartet lacked in longevity, they more than made up for with the quality, achieving a greater impact with those two groundbreaking recordings than most bands could ever hope to achieve. To celebrate Joy Division's formation 30 years ago, Rhino Records spotlights the band this fall with a number of projects, including expanded reissues of the group's essential releases, a special vinyl boxed set, the soundtrack to an upcoming film about Curtis and ringtones.


Offered exclusively at Rhino.com, the JOY DIVISION VINYL BOX will be available September 11 for a suggested list price of $199.98. The boxed set contains 180-gram vinyl editions of UNKNOWN PLEASURES, CLOSER and STILL that will also be available individually on September 18 at all retail outlets.


Rhino will also reissue double-CD, collector's editions of those albums expanded with rare and unreleased music. The first disc of each set features the original album remastered, while the second disc contains unreleased live performances.

All together, the trio of reissues offers fans nearly three hours of previously unavailable music. UNKNOWN PLEASURES captures the band in Manchester at The Factory playing "Dead Souls," "Shadowplay" and more. CLOSER contains Joy Division's concert at the University of London, which included performance of "Digital," "Twenty Four Hours" and "Glass." STILL features the group soundchecking and performing "Isolation," "The Eternal" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart" at High Wycombe.


More Joy Division is on tap for October 30 as Rhino releases the soundtrack for CONTROL, a film that centers on the band's enigmatic lead singer and marks the feature film directorial debut of acclaimed photographer Anton Corbijn. Distributed by The Weinstein Company, the film will screen at The Toronto Film Festival in early September and The Swerve Festival in Los Angeles in late September. It will begin a limited release October 10. Like the film, the soundtrack features music by Joy Division alongside music from artists of the era, including David Bowie, The Buzzcocks, Roxy Music, Iggy Pop and Velvet Underground. The set also contains previously unreleased music including parts of New Order's score for the film, as well as a recording of "Shadowplay" by The Killers. The actors, who learned how to play instruments to portray the band, contribute an additional unreleased song with their version of "Transmission."


The Joy Division celebration continues as Rhino Mobile offers a pair of custom ringtones featuring the songs "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and "Transmission." Both ringtones will be available through all mobile carriers.


Track Listing
Disc 1
1. "Disorder"
2. "Day Of The Lord"
3. "Candidate"
4. "Insight"
5. "New Dawn Fades"
6. "She's Lost Control"
7. "Shadowplay"
8. "Wilderness"
9. "Interzone"
10. "I Remember Nothing"

Disc 2
Live At The Factory, Manchester (13 July 1979)
1. "Dead Souls"
2. "The Only Mistake"
3. "Insight"
4. "Candidate"
5. "Wilderness"
6. "She's Lost Control"
7. "Shadowplay"
8. "Disorder"
9. "Interzone"
10. "Atrocity Exhibition"
11. "Novelty"
12. "Transmission"
13. "Novelty" (mono)
14. "Transmission" (mono)
15. "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
16. "Glass"


Track Listing
Disc 1
1. "Atrocity Exhibition"
2. "Isolation"
3. "Passover"
4. "Colony"
5. "A Means To An End"
6. "Heart And Soul"
7. "24 Hours"
8. "The Eternal"
9. "Decades"

Disc 2
Live at ULU, University Of London (8 February 1980)
1. "Dead Souls"
2. "Glass"
3. "A Means To An End"
4. "Twenty Four Hours"
5. "Shadowplay"
6. "Insight"
7. "Colony"
8. "These Days"
9. "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
10. "Isolation"
11. "The Eternal"
12. "Digital"


Track Listing
1. "Exercise One'
2. "Ice Age"
3. "Sound Of Music"
4. "Glass"
5. "The Only Mistake"
6. "Walked In Line"
7. "The Kill"
8. "Something Must Break"
9. "Dead Souls"
10. "Sister Ray"
11. "Ceremony"
12. "Shadowplay"
13. "Means To An End"
14. "Passover"
15. "New Dawn Fades"
16. "Transmission"
17. "Disorder"
18. "Isolation"
19. "Decades"
20. "Digital"

Disc 2
Live At High Wycombe Town Hall (20 February 1980)
1. "Isolation"
2. "The Eternal"
3. "Ice Age"
4. "Disorder"
5. "The Sound Of Music"
6. "The Eternal"
7. "The Sound Of Music"
8. "A Means To An End"
9. "Colony"
10. "Twenty Four Hours"
11. "Isolation"
12. "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
13. "Disorder"
14. "Atrocity Exhibition"


Track Listing
1. "Film Score, Part 1" -- New Order*
2. "What Goes On" -- Velvet Underground
3. "Shadowplay" -- The Killers*
4. "Boredom" -- Buzzcocks (Live)
5. "Dead Souls" -- Joy Division
6. "She Was Naked" -- Supersister
7. "Sister Midnight" -- Iggy Pop
8. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" -- Joy Division
9. "Film Score, Part 2" -- New Order*
10. "Drive In Saturday" -- David Bowie
11. "Chicken Town" -- John Cooper Clarke
12. "2 H.B." -- Roxy Music
13. "Transmission" -- Cast Band Version*
14. "Autobahn" -- Kraftwerk
15. "Atmosphere" -- Joy Division
16. "Film Score, Part 3" -- New Order*
17. "Warszawa" -- David Bowie
*previously unreleased

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 22nd, 2007  


Los Angeles (August 22, 2007) Spotlighting a short-lived yet long-influential post-punk band of the late 1970s, the feature-length documentary Joy Division will premiere at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival.  The US/UK co-production is written and directed by Grammy nominee Grant Gee (Radioheads Meeting People Is Easy, Gorillaz Demon Days Live) and co-written by acclaimed journalist and writer Jon Savage (Englands Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock and Beyond).  The producers are Tom Astor and Tom Atencio of Hudson Productions Ltd., and Brown Owl Films Jacqui Edenbrow.

In 1976 four young men from ruined, post-industrial Manchester who went to see the Sex Pistols, founded Joy Division, the first band in the post-punk movement by later emphasizing not anger and energy, but mood and expression, pointing ahead to the rise of melancholy alternative music in the 80s, according to AllMusic.com.  The documentary explores the profound legacy of the bands collective musical genius and singular vision as well as their continued influence over thirty years.

Featuring the unprecedented participation of the surviving band members (commonly known as New Order), the film examines the bands story as depicted through never-before-seen live performance footage, personal photos, period films and newly discovered audio tapes.  With poignant narratives from the surviving members of the band Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris, as well as accounts from musician Genesis P. Orridge (of Throbbing Gristle), the late, legendary Factory Records owner Tony Wilson, iconic Factory Records graphic artist Peter Saville, photographer/ filmmaker Anton Corbijn, Annik Honor and others, the film is a fresh visual account of a time and place.  Joy Division chronicles a time of great social and political change in England and tells the untold story of four men who transcended economic and cultural barriers to produce an enduring musical legacy.

Were honored that the Toronto International Film Festival has chosen to show Joy Division, stated Atencio.  This is a powerful story about one of the most innovative and influential bands of their era and their legacy is one that resonates in today's music industry.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 22nd, 2007  

Control - Original Soundtrack Album

Release date: October 1st  

Final tracklisting:

1)     Exit - New Order

2)     What Goes On - The Velvet Underground

3)     Shadowplay (Joy Division cover) - The Killers

4)     Boredom (Live) - The Buzzcocks

5)     Dead Souls - Joy Division

6)     She Was Naked - Supersister

7)     Sister Midnight - Iggy Pop

8)     Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division

9)     Problems (Live) - Sex Pistols

10)   Hypnosis - New Order

11)   Drive In Saturday - David Bowie

12)   Evidently Chickentown - John Cooper Clarke

13)   2H.B. - Roxy Music

14)   Transmission (Cast Version) - Joy Division

15)   Autobahn - Kraftwerk

16)   Atmosphere - Joy Division

17)   Warszawa - David Bowie

18)   Get Out - New Order

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 20th, 2007  


A rock'n'roll goodbye


STARS of TV and music turned out in force as the city said a rock’n’roll goodbye to Mr Manchester Tony Wilson at his funeral today.

Tony, who put Manchester on the world map with the famous Hacienda club and Factory Records – which spawned bands like Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays – was buried at Southern Cemetery after an emotional service at the Hidden Gem Church in the city centre.

The guest list at his funeral service read like a who’s who of Manchester celebrities with former TV colleagues like Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan, Bob Greaves and Lucy Meacock from Granada, rubbing shoulders with music business faces like New Order’s Peter Hook, Andy Rourke from The Smiths, Rowetta and Shaun Ryder from Happy Mondays, Clint Boon from Inspiral Carpets and other famous faces like journalist and singer John Robb, TV and radio presenter Terry Christian, former business partner Alan Erasmus and acclaimed ‘Factory’ designer Peter Saville.


Yet despite the fame of the mourners the service was a very normal Catholic requiem mass lasting just over an hour with readings by a few old friends and former colleagues.

Tributes came in the form of flowers from the great and good of Manchester and beyond. Wreaths included a huge message made out of hundreds of white daisies which simply red “From Liverpool With Love.”

There were also floral tributes from Sir Alex Ferguson and the players and staff at Manchester United, music bible the NME, Alan McGee – the man who first discovered Manchester band Oasis and Coronation Street and Shameless actor Chris Bisson.


One floral tribute bore the words: “To Manchester’s true legend – your legacy lives on. From Michelle and David, friends and followers from Blackpool and Preston.”

One time Granada colleague Richard Madeley paid tribute to the man they called Mr Manchester after the service.

He said: “The service was one of the most emotional I have ever seen. Tony always had absolute self belief. He was so confident but he was also a very good, thoroughly decent man. “He celebrated others people success almost more than de did his own and he will be greatly missed by his friends and this city.”

The service was conducted by Catholic priest, Canon Denis Clinch, at Tony’s favourite church, the Hidden Gem, off John Dalton Street in the city centre.

Both Tony’s children Isabel and Oliver were baptised there and Tony used to pop into the church regularly to have theological discussions with Canon Clinch. After the service, watched by a large crowd of members of the public, friends and family travelled across town to Southern Cemetery, where Tony was buried and then onto One Central Street bar for his wake.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 18th, 2007  

Bernard Sumner pays tribute to Tony Wilson


Bernard Sumner, the guitarist with Joy Division and lead singer with New Order, the band that succeeded it, got married a month ago and Wilson, despite being so ill, attended the wedding. It was the last time Sumner saw the man who he describes as “an eternal teenager”, “an incredible optimist” and a massive creative inspiration. Asked what he would like to say to Wilson, he said: “I’d like to say thank you for completely changing my life and allowing me the opportunity to haul myself out of my working-class background. Thanks for allowing Joy Division and New Order to develop in their own way and letting us retain our individuality. And to do it all in Manchester.”

It was Wilson’s relaxed management style that allowed the bands not to be shackled by corporate demands. “There was a fun side to Tony’s flippancy with money,” said Sumner. “We didn’t have a record company breathing down our necks for hit singles. It allowed us to express ourselves in our own way.”

He said the love-hate relationship that some people in Manchester had with Wilson was just the Mancunian way. “People would like to say they hated him, but they loved him really. It’s Manchester humour: you greet people you like with an insult and you expect one back.”


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 17th, 2007  

The Joy Division photographs of Kevin Cummins


Even though I must have only been about three years old, I can still remember the first time I saw Kevin Cummins photographs of Joy Division.  Even as a small child I was aware of the band and knew that my father was the singer, but seeing the black and white prints spread out across the carpet brought tangibility.  They really did exist!

Natalie Curtis, July 2007

 Kevin Cummins long awaited book of photographs from his Joy Division archive is more than just a book of pictures of one of the greatest rock bands by one of our greatest rock photographers. Since Ian Curtiss death in 1980 Joy Division have developed, and maintain, a special place within rocks history. Kevin Cummins photographed them from their beginnings as Warsaw in 1977.  This lavish production captures the essence of what they meant then and what continues to make them so influential today.

The book showcases many previously unseen images as well as Cummins iconic pictures of the band. It also contains specially commissioned personal essays by Natalie Curtis, Ian Rankin, Cath Carroll, David Peace, Matthew Higgs, Nick Lezard Alan Hempsall and Pat Nevin,

JUVENES is a brooding investigation into the intangible quality that makes Joy Division one of the most loved and respected English bands still to this day.

Date of Publication: 1st November 2007.

Edition: 26 lettered copies, signed, with original print (500 UKP) and 200 numbered copies, signed (200 UKP)

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 15th, 2007  



JOY DIVISION has reached the end of production. The feature length documentary, a US/UK co production, produced by Hudson Productions Ltd partners Tom Astor and Tom Atencio in association with Brown Owl Films Jacqui Edenbrow, is directed by Grammy nominated Grant Gee (Radiohead's Meeting People Is Easy, Director of Photography & Editor Scott Walker: 30 Century Man) and co-written by acclaimed journalist/writer Jon Savage (England's Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond). 

In 1976 four young men from ruined, post-industrial Manchester went to see the Sex Pistols. They formed a band, Joy Division. Three years later the lead singer, Ian Curtis committed suicide just as they were on the brink of worldwide success. Together Gee and Savage investigate why Joy Division's collective musical genius and singular vision enjoys a larger audience and influence thirty years on.


Featuring the unprecedented participation of the surviving band members of Joy Division, now known as New Order, the film chronicles a time of great social and political change in England of the mid-70's and tells the untold story of these four men who transcended economic and cultural barriers to produce an enduring and profound legacy, one that resonates fiercely in today's heavily careerist music industry and over mediated pop culture.   

The band's remarkable story is depicted through atmospheric never-before-seen live performance footage, photographs both iconic and personal, period films and newly unearthed audio tapes; taking us through the bands early years as individuals finding their voices and then later as a band, building their ideas and ideals.  The documentary situates the band not just in the musical context of punk and post-punk but in the culturally starved, claustrophobic landscape of post-industrial Manchester that surrounded them and suffuses every note of their music.

This unparalleled visual account of a time and place is coupled with heartfelt and animated, present tense accounts from the surviving members of the band Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris, plus other key characters in the story, including friend and similarly isolated musician Genesis P. Orridge, legendary Factory Records owner Tony Wilson, iconic graphic artist Peter Saville, photographer/ filmmaker Anton Corbijn, Annik Honor and others.

JOY DIVISION is a Hudson Productions Ltd Production in association with Brown Owl Films.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 15th, 2007  

Tony Wilson funeral details announced

The service takes place next week

The funeral of Tony Wilson will take place next Monday (August 20).

The service will take place at the Hidden Gem Church , Manchester at 2pm, and will be open to family and close friends via invitation only.

Discussions are currently taking place regarding a separate memorial service for the former TV presenter and Factory Records supremo, who passed away aged 57 last Friday (August 10) after suffering from kidney cancer.

Anybody wishing to send flowers can do so and these should be sent to:

The Co-Operative Funeral Home
Manchester Road
M21 1PN

For those prefering to make a charitable donation, the family has designated The Christie Hospital in Manchester as their preferred charity.

Donations can be made either online at Christies.org/makedonations.html
or via post to:

Appeals Office
Christie Hospital NHS Trust
Wilmslow Road
M20 4BX

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 14th, 2007  

Stephen Morris: 'We wouldn't have made it without Tony Wilson'

New Order/Joy Division drummer recalls life with the Factory legend

New Order's Stephen Morris has spoken to NME.COM at length following the death of Tony Wilson.

The Manchester legend signed Morris' first band Joy Division to his Factory Records label, and then continued to support the group and release its records after they became New Order following frontman Ian Curtis' suicide in 1980.

Wilson passed away on August 10 after battling with kidney cancer, something that the drummer admitted had shocked him.

"We were told that Tony had been given the last rites. And I didn't think he was that bad," he explained. "Then at tea time on Friday (10) I got a call from (Factory co-founder) Alan Erasmus, which was a shock anyway because I'd not heard from him in about 15 years. And he told me that Tony had just died. And I was shocked, double shocked.

"It was very fast. I saw him three weeks ago at a wedding, and I saw pictures of him at Coachella (where he introduced Happy Mondays onstage). He was obviously ill and he had a very ill-advised beard, but Tony was still there. We were chatting about Neil Young at the Palace Theatre, and he seemed alright. Which is why I'm quite surprised that it's happened as quick as it has done really. I heard he was getting taken back to hospital, but that's one of the things about cancer, it's up and down a bit. The whole thing's been really quick because he was only diagnosed just before Christmas."

Morris then recalled the impact Wilson had on his bands and the first time he had met the local TV presenter turned record label boss.

"When it started out, everyone knew Tony because he was on telly, reading the news," said Morris.

"He was the hippy guy who was kind of on your wavelength, and he did the 'What's On' programme. He was obviously listening to the same kind of music that we did. And then at a concert one night Bernard (Sumner) spotted him. Ian (Curtis) harangued him mercilessly for not putting us on television, because he'd had the Buzzcocks on, and I remember Ian really laying into him going 'You're a right twat Wilson, you are,' and I think that impressed Tony more than anything. We gave him a copy of 'An Ideal For Living' (the band's debut EP as Warsaw) and he played it on 'What's On'. And the next thing you know... you can trace It all back to that one chaotic gig at Rafters. That was where it all started."

Morris admitted that without Wilson's input neither of his bands would have been likely to succeed.

"We definitely wouldn't have become what we did, definitely not," he declared. "I can tell you that without a shadow of a doubt. So many other things wouldn't have become what they are. Manchester wouldn't have become what it is without him. Things would have been so different.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 13th, 2007  


'Wilson extraordinary' - Yvette

TONY Wilson's partner today spoke of her `honour' at spending so much of her life with an 'extraordinary' man.

The Manchester music mogul died after a heart attack at Christie Hospital where he was being treated for kidney cancer. He was 57.

Yvette Livesey, his partner of 17 years, said he would be looking down at the outpouring of grief following his death 'with a full heart'.

His death on Friday has made headlines across the world with musicians and media figures paying tribute. The union flag on Manchester Town Hall was lowered to half mast as a mark of respect.


Yvette, 38, described how he remained spirited to the end - complaining how annoying it was that everyone was being nice to him when he thought most people saw him as 'a prat'.

The former Miss England said: "I was honoured to have spent so much of my life with him - I met him when I was 21. In a way I understand the reaction to his death. Tony touched people in a funny way. I have always been surprised and shocked by how powerfully people felt, whether they loved or hated him.

"Over the years I have known him I have seen it and it is an amazing thing - he always got a big reaction. I don't know how he would feel about it. He would be looking down with a very full heart, I think.

"He had so much confidence, so much self belief that he took people along with him. The confidence you saw on TV, that was him at home, too. He said he had only been proved wrong twice in his life.

"I think I only coped living with him because I have a strong belief in myself, too. I've always thought no one else could bear either of us." When Tony looked back over his achievements he told Yvette that he had few regrets. She added that he would probably want to be remembered `just for doing what he did, influencing the people he influenced'.

She said: "He was in the right place at the right time but he also made things happen. TV was his day job but music was his love, his passion. He had a special relationship with Manchester. He was its ultimate promoter, he loved it, it was home for him.

"When people made it they moved to London. He didn't, but he came very close. He got a job with the Nationwide news programme and was on the motorway when he changed his mind, came home and called Granada." She said the only word to sum him up was `extraordinary'.

Tony became ill at the end of last year and was diagnosed with renal cancer and had emergency surgery to remove a kidney. When chemotherapy failed, his doctors at Christie wanted to prescribe a new drug, Sutent, but it is not routinely available on the NHS and health bosses refused to fund it.


His friends' reaction to the news was to set up a fund to pay for the treatment he needed.

Over the last two months Tony led a high-profile campaign to make the drug available on the NHS.

Tony paid tribute to the doctors and nurses who cared for him at Manchester Royal Infirmary and Christie in an article he wrote for the M.E.N. earlier this year. Yvette said: "He had the best treatment in the world."

Tony's funeral is expected to take place on Saturday.

Council bosses are to meet with Yvette and his family after the service to decide how best Tony should be remembered.

Suggestions include a concert, a statue and a plaque on the Hacienda, the pioneering music club that he owned.

Coun Pat Karney said: "We are looking at some kind of civic award. Yvette and his family must have a 100 per cent say in what happens."

Coun Karney described Tony as a 'human cultural internet'. He said: "I remember every conversation with him. He looked at what Manchester could get out of everything."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 13th, 2007  

Steve Coogan: 'Tony Wilson was a genuine maverick and pioneer'

The man who played him in '24 Hour Party People' pays tribute

Steve Coogan, who played Tony Wilson in the 2002 film '24 Hour Party People', has spoken about his love of the Factory Records legend.

The impresario passed away after suffering cancer of the kidneys, but hundreds of fans have contacted NME.COM to express their sadness and thank Wilson for his huge contribution to Manchester and Britain's music, both through his record label and the influential nightclub The Hacienda, which he ran in the 1980s and 1990s.

Speaking about the legend at the time of the film's release, Coogan declared: "I've got a kind of respect for Tony Wilson.

"He was a genuine maverick, a genuine pioneer, someone who wanted to do things differently. However, he's a complicated person. There are moments of pretentiousness about him.

"Sometimes he appears to be ridiculous. But he's also someone who was a genuine maverick, a genuine pioneer, someone who wanted to do things differently and was a visionary of sorts, and so I want to get that across too.

"At the end of the film, I want people to think that his pluses outweigh his minuses and it's a better place for him having been around than had he not."

Speaking about the time Wilson came on set to visit Coogan, the comedian recalled: "It was weird, it was very odd. I was dressed exactly the same as he was. We met in the corridor and he just looked at me and screamed and ran away."

Wilson also had something to say about the dialogue of the film.

"He did say at some points he quoted what I say in the film rather than what he said in reality because he said I phrased it better...I quite liked that," said Coogan

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 11th, 2007  

Factory Records legend's obituary

Tony Wilson, co-founder of Factory Records, has died at the age of 57.

Born Anthony H. Wilson on February 20, 1950 in Salford, England, he went on to become a renowned broadcast journalist, band manager, record label executive and night club owner.

As the Factory Records boss, he was responsible for signing legendary bands including
Joy Division and New Order to his label.

Also, as owner of the renowned Hacienda nightclub in Manchester, he played a key role in the Madchester scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s that mixed indie rock and dance music and included artists such as
Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses.

The Hacienda, which hosted Madonna's first UK television appearance in 1983, was forced to close in the late 1990s as it was losing money allegedly because its patrons were taking ecstasy rather than buying drinks at the club.

Wilson reportedly became involved in the Manchester music scene in the 1970s when hosting the culture and music programme 'So It Goes' on Granada Television.

After covering a Sex Pistols performance at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall in June 1976, he described the experience as "nothing short of an epiphany" and booked the band for one of the first television broadcasts of British punk rock.

These aspects of Wilson's life were later chronicled in the semi-fictional 2002 feature film '24 Hour Party People', in which he was portrayed by British actor Steve Coogan.

More recently, Wilson was involved in In The City, a yearly music festival and conference that takes place in Manchester and New York City, which he co-founded with his partner Yvette Livesey.

In 2005 he launched F4, the fourth incarnation of the Factory Records label.

Earlier this year, the music mogul was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery to have one of his kidneys removed.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 11th, 2007  

Peter Hook leads tributes to Tony Wilson

Peter Hook has paid tribute to Tony Wilson, who died yesterday, saying "my heart is broken".

New Order and Joy Division bass player likened the passing of the Factory Records founder to the death of his father.

Posting on his MySpace blog from Japan, Hook wrote: "It's a very, very, very sad day. I feel very lost out here in Japan. It's like my father dying all over again. I'm devastated."

"I'll be going back to England as soon as possible to pick up the pieces. My heart goes out to Yvette, Oliver, Hilary and Isabelle. I'm thinking of you all, my heart is broken.

"Say hello to Rob, Ian and Martin for me please Tony. Rest in peace. God bless."

Wilson signed
Joy Division to his Factory Records label, and together they opened Manchester's legendary Hacienda nightclub.

Wilson died yesterday in Manchester, from a heart attack following complications from cancer.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 10th, 2007  

New Order pay tribute to Tony Wilson

Stephen Morris: 'There would be no Joy Division without Tony'

New Order and Joy Division's Stephen Morris has paid tribute to Tony Wilson who died tonight (August 10).

The drummer's bands were both signed by the legend's Factory Records and he in turn became an important guiding force on their career.

"There would be no
Joy Division or New Order without Tony," Morris told Newsnight. "He really believed in us and he was smart enough to start a label and put our records out."

He added: "He was so enthusiastic, he was always 'we'll just go ahead an do it and figure out why we did it afterwards. It was his spirit of enthusiasm that steam-rollered things through and it's why we put up with him for so long [laughs]. You could have an argument with Tony and walk out hating him and the next time you saw him it was all forgotten. You just love him."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 10th, 2007  

'Without Tony Wilson there would be no indie labels'

Alan McGee pays tribute Tony Wilson

Creation records boss Alan McGee has paid tribute to Factory Records legend Tony Wilson, whose death was announced tonight (August 10).

The man who signed the likes of Primal Scream and Oasis told NME.COM he had followed the lead of Wilson, who was responsible for releasing records by bands including
Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays.

"He was a complete inspiration," declared McGee. "He was one of the great spotter of music talent, and it's a complete shame for him to go so very young.

"Factory Records was the template for every indie label with its 50-50 deals [between artist and label] and I can honestly say without Factory there would have been no Creation. In fact if it wasn't for his talk to us in 1985 I might have quit music all together."

McGee went on to add that despite having his "ups and downs" with Wilson musically the two were great friends and he had always been impressed with the way the Salford-born legend had remained on the cutting edge throughout his life, backing new talent through leading events like In The City music conference in Manchester and New York, plus consistently picking out new bands.

"I did a Alan McGee Vs Tony Wilson thing on the radio last year where we had a DJ off," he recalled. "All he would play was Enter Shikari, he was always on it."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 10th, 2007  

Factory Records legend Anthony Wilson dies

The man who signed Joy Division, Happy Mondays passes awa

Anthony H. Wilson, co-founder of Factory Records, has died of a heart attack today (August 10) at the age of 57.

Wilson is best known for signing legendary bands including Joy Division and New Order to his label, and as owner of the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester.

He played a key role in the Madchester scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s, signing the Happy Mondays.

Wilson passed away on this evening in the hospital after suffering a heart attack that his doctor said was unrelated to his recent battle with cancer.

Professor Robert Hawkins, his doctor at Christie hospital, told the Guardian: "It's very sad. He died as a result of something unrelated to his cancer. His cancer was responding well to treatment but obviously did contribute to his poor health".

Recently it was recommended he take the drug Sutent after chemotherapy failed to treat the disease effectively, but the NHS refused to pay for the 3500-a-month treatment.

However, the Happy Mondays and other bands he signed had started a charity fund to help pay for Wilson's treatment.

His family are reportedly declining to comment at this time, but thanked the staff at the MRI and Christie who have provided "fantastic" care for him over the last few months.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 10th, 2007  

Obituary: Tony Wilson 

Record label owner, broadcaster, journalist, pop impresario and nightclub founder - Anthony Wilson was famous for many things, but perhaps he was most famous for being a self-styled professional Mancunian.

Tony Wilson was widely regarded as the man who put Manchester on the map for its music and vibrant nightlife. He remained active on the city scene until his death on Friday aged 57.

He was born in Salford's Hope Hospital on 20 February 1950.

He attended De La Salle Christian Brothers' school, before going on to read English at the University of Cambridge in 1968.

In the 1970s he went to work for Granada Television in Manchester, where he fronted programmes including music show So It Goes and current affairs magazine World In Action.

He later went on to be long-time host of the early evening Granada Reports.

Wilson was a founder of Factory Records in the late 1970s, the label behind Joy Division, New Order and The Happy Mondays.

He continued to work in television even at the height of his work with Factory records.

In 1982, he set up The Hacienda nightclub, which became known as perhaps the most famous club in the world in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

It became the heart of the "Madchester" scene, playing host to bands such as New Order, The Smiths, The Stone Roses and Oasis.

Even Madonna played her first UK gig at the Whitworth Street club in February 1983.

The club was famous for its dance nights, particularly house music nights where DJs Mike Pickering, Sasha and Dave Haslam regularly played.

In the early 1990s the club was blighted by cash flow problems and it closed its doors in 1997.

Devolution call

The building was demolished in 2002 and apartments were built in its place.

The semi-fictional story of the club, the music and Wilson's life was documented in Michael Winterbottom's 2002 film, 24 Hour Party People.

His character was played by comedian Steve Coogan to critical acclaim.

Wilson later went on to set up the annual Manchester music conference, In The City, with long-term partner and former Miss England Yvette Livesey.

But it was not just in the music world that he made his mark - he was also a key player in local politics and supported a campaign for a regional assembly for the North West.

Emergency surgery

In 2004 he set up an unofficial coalition calling for regional devolution, called The Necessary Group.

More recently he presented radio shows Ground Rules and Talk of the Town on BBC Radio Manchester and Sunday Roast on Xfm Manchester.

He was the main presenter of the BBC's Politics Show North West.

Wilson fell ill in 2006, before undergoing emergency surgery to have a kidney removed in January 2007.

Doctors diagnosed him with cancer and he started a chemotherapy course at Manchester's Christie Hospital.

The chemotherapy failed to beat the disease and he was recommended to take the drug Sutent, which is not funded by the NHS in Manchester.

Members of the Happy Mondays and other acts he supported over the years had started a fund to help pay for his treatment.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 10th, 2007  
Anthony Wilson dies from cancer
Anthony Wilson, the music mogul behind some of Manchester's most successful bands, has died of cancer.

The Salford-born entrepreneur, who founded Factory records, the label behind New Order and the Happy Mondays, was diagnosed last year.

The 57-year-old, also famous for setting up the Hacienda nightclub, underwent emergency surgery in January to remove a kidney.

He died on Friday evening at the Christie Hospital surrounded by family.

A spokesman for the hospital said: "Tony Wilson died peacefully at the Christie Hospital at 6.05pm this evening with his family by his bedside.

"Tony was a very great supporter of the Christie and this is extremely sad news.

"We would like to extend our sympathy to Tony's family."

Doctors had recommended he take the drug Sutent after chemotherapy failed to beat the disease, but the NHS refused to fund the 3,500-a-month treatment.

However, members of the Happy Mondays and other acts he supported over the years stepped in and started a fund to help pay for it.

His vision and determination played a key role in helping to put Manchester on the map for its music and vibrant nightlife and his entrepreneurial skills inspired people everywhere.

Phil Saxe, who used to work at Factory Records with Wilson, said: "Part of me, part of Manchester, part of modern British music has died tonight.

"Tony was a genius, basically.

"He was a visionary in that he helped bands, who otherwise wouldn't have made it, who were a bit out of the ordinary.

"He helped them realise their dreams and through that probably realised himself to be Mr Manchester".

'An inspiration'

BBC journalist Kristan Deconinck sought advice from him in the early 1980s on how to launch an independent record label shortly after Wilson had started Factory records.

"He couldn't have been more helpful and more patient," Kristan said.

"He inspired me - and countless others - to have a go if you believed in something.

"That in itself is a great legacy, apart from the vision he had with his label, his shows, his attitude - his contribution to a new culture.

"When I later met him, I found him far more amenable than scurrilous rumours had led me to believe and my esteem for the guy never diminished."

'Soundtrack of my life'

Speaking before his death, Wilson reflected on life and death.

"I used to joke in my early 50s that I'd had such a fantastic life, I'd be happy to die," he said.

"And then suddenly, I find some other reasons for living and just like get excited again about life when it comes along. So that was slightly annoying. I think I was a lord of my own presumption for thinking I'd be happy to die".

Tributes to Anthony Wilson have been flooding in from across the globe - both from people who had worked with him and those who had enjoyed the entertainment he brought to the world.

Speaking on News 24, Radio 2 presenter Stuart Maconie said: "There was no more influential and important figure in music in the last 30 or 40 years.

"He was incredibly generous, giving, enthusiastic and supportive of bands around him.

"He wasn't a businessman. He just loved the music."

The BBC, which employed Wilson, paid its own tribute.

"There will never be anyone quite like Tony," a spokesman said. "He was a true free spirit and a passionate advocate of Manchester - the city, its people and, of course, its music."

Fan Lewis Hart, from Hyde, Greater Manchester, wrote: "A one off who was an ambassador for Manchester. A huge shock."

Another fan, Ross Burton, from Annapolis, Maryland, in the USA, summed up his many achievements with a poignant eulogy: "Thanks Tony for helping to bring me the soundtrack of my life. Rest in peace mate."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 10th, 2007  


He put Manchester on the map

WHEN the story of Tony Wilson and Madchester burst forth in the movie 24 Hour Party People, a poster campaign sprang up across the country.

Beneath a photograph of the late Ian Curtis of Joy Division ran the legend "Artist". Beneath an image of the Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder was the accolade "Poet". But the poster of Steve Coogan as Tony Wilson carried the simple caption "Prat". And that was the more polite version.

Could Wilson possibly have approved such an ad campaign?

"The answer is yes. I found it very funny," he said at the time.

It was one of Tony Wilson's most endearing characteristics that we laughed with him, we sometimes laughed at him, and he laughed too.

If you totted up his genuine achievements, he would have earned the right to act the big "I am".

He captured nascent punk rock for a gobsmacked TV audience.

He fostered enduring musical talents through Manchester's independent Factory Records at a time when the music industry barely existed outside London.

He had a stake in the Hacienda, a club which was not only the touchstone for Manchester's most inventive period of popular music, but also, briefly, the coolest place to be in the entire world.

He even persuaded the music business to decamp to Manchester annually for the In The City convention - proof positive of a Wilson philosophy that Manchester is the centre of the universe.

Meanwhile Wilson also remained, for much of the time, that man on Granada Reports.

But he combined a tremendous pride in all these achievements with a joy at the frequent ridiculousness of life. That would be the journalist in him. There was a time when he asked to be called Anthony H Wilson in print. Affectation? Too big for his no doubt designer-name boots? It was never that simple with Tony.


He later confessed he just wanted to "wind up all the people in Manchester who think I'm a flash ****."

And you would need a plentiful supply of those asterisks when quoting the words of Wilson, an aesthete who thought Shakespeare and Shaun Ryder were cut from the same cloth.

The hilarious opening scene of 24 Hour Party People saw Coogan as Wilson the TV reporter, soaring perilously in a hang glider. This was Manchester's answer to Icarus of Greek legend, who flew too near to the sun on wings held together with wax. Like Icarus, Wilson had the odd downfall, but it was still a glorious flight.

Anthony Howard Wilson was born on February 20, 1950 in Salford. When he was aged five, the family moved to leafy Marple, but Wilson would return to Salford daily after passing his 11-plus and gaining a place at boys' grammar school De La Salle.

He would also later marvel at just how many of his fellow movers and shakers in Manchester music were products of the local Catholic grammar schools. Wilson was put in the A stream and later discovered that, of 1,000 entrants for De La Salle, he had been top.

Wilson's ambition had been to become a nuclear physicist, but then he saw Hamlet at Stratford-upon-Avon and fell in love with literature.

Studying English at Jesus College, Cambridge, Wilson was delighted to discover he was being taught in rooms once used by the poet Coleridge, a slave to opium. How very rock `n' roll. Having joined the student paper and decided that his future lay in journalism, Wilson exited with, for him, a disappointing 2.2 degree.

"I've been a minor celebrity since I was 23 years old," he once said. That celebrity began with his work as a news reporter for Granada TV in the 1970s. In the cosy world of regional telly, he was a long-haired maverick famed for his unscripted asides. When he had a chance to present a culture and what's on programme, So It Goes, Wilson found himself documenting a music revolution, with punk sweeping aside progressive rock and putting guitars in the hands of kids who could muster only three chords but bags of attitude. Many people first saw the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Elvis Costello and the like on So It Goes.

Wilson was one of the tiny number of people who saw the Sex Pistols at Manchester's Free Trade Hall in June 1976. Practically everyone in the audience went off to form a band of their own, while Wilson said the experience was `nothing short of an epiphany'.

In 1978, the Factory name was minted, firstly as a club night, then as a record label, Wilson forming a partnership with band manager Alan Erasmus and drawing in designer Peter Saville, producer Martin Hannett and Joy Division manager Rob Gretton. Factory's name was burnished with tragedy in 1980 when Joy Division front man Ian Curtis committed suicide just before the band's planned tour of the USA.

In May 1982, the Factory empire extended to a club. Housed in a former textile factory turned yacht showroom, the Hacienda was a triumph of understated, industrial design. The early years were lean, and the club lost thousands of pounds a month. Even when the Hacienda was thronged, the money was still not rolling in as the punters often preferred ecstasy to drinks from the bar. By 1985, married for a second time to Hilary, living in Withington and with a family on the way, Wilson was still professing to earn `virtually nothing' from Factory, and even used the annual holiday from his TV day job to produce the latest Durutti Column album.

But it was in the middle of the 1980s that the Hacienda caught its wave, with DJs such as Mike Pickering being the first in Britain to play club music coming out of Detroit and New York. When dance rhythms were welded to rock and suffused with the grimy Manc poetry of Shaun Ryder, a movement was afoot and its name was Madchester. Factory was renowned for inspired yet not necessarily business-like strategies. In 14 years, not one decision was ever made with an eye to profit, Saville once said.

Durutti Column's first album had a sandpaper sleeve which scratched adjoining records in the record store racks. New Order's Blue Monday was the biggest selling 12 inch single ever, yet, legend has it, the sleeve design was so lavish that money was lost on every copy sold.

There was an unwise 750,000 refurbishment of Factory's building on the corner of Charles Street and Princess Street.


More music evangelist than hard-nosed businessman, Wilson had not even tied Factory's bands to conventional contracts, preferring gentlemen's agreements.

Most crucially, the Happy Mondays failed to provide a follow-up to the successful Pills `n' Thrills & Bellyaches album in time to plug the gap in Factory's finances. So began torrid times. In 1991, Wilson had parted company with Hilary, mother of his children Oliver and Isabel, and fallen for Yvette Livesey, a former Miss England 18 years his junior. They became the original loft-livers in Manchester city centre, their home being a cavernous two-story conversion of an industrial building at Knott Mill. They were partners not just in life but also in work. The In The City conference made Manchester the music business's talking shop once a year. "I am the boss. He's just the mouth," Livesey joked of their respective In The City roles. Together they did their bit to put Manchester on a world stage at a time when Manchester's regeneration was gathering pace.

In 1992, Factory crashed with debts of 2m. The Hacienda faltered when Greater Manchester Police tried to revoke its licence because of drug-taking. Then it closed voluntarily in the face of gun-toting gangs, opened yet again but closed for good in 1997 with debts of 500,000.

The name of Factory continued to ebb and flow. By 2005, Wilson was on to the fourth incarnation, F4, singing the praises of Hulme drum and bass collective Raw-T.

For much of the 1990s, Wilson was, with Lucy Meacock, a presenter of Granada Up Front - a late night TV show which was a feisty forum for topical debate. Wilson returned to Granada Reports in 2002 after a 13-year absence, but stepped down the following year. His `new mission' was to campaign for devolution for the north west. He founded the Necessary Group, made up of politicians and opinion-formers keen to see an elected regional assembly, and even asked Peter Saville to design a flag for the north west. But Wilson later said that there was `horrendous' apathy about devolution, blaming the media for ignoring the issue. The idea for regional assemblies was eventually shelved by the government .

When 24 Hour Party People told Wilson's story in 2002, he did not just take those `prat' posters in his stride, he smiled benignly on a film which he admitted had `lots of untruths' in it. "There's that line about the choice between truth and legend{hellip}always pick the legend," he said.

In January this year, Wilson underwent emergency surgery to remove a cancerous kidney and then began chemotherapy at Christie Hospital. He wrote, courageously, of his ordeal in a feature for the Manchester Evening News, crediting a long list of doctors and nurses by name.

"Strange how everyone has a complaint about the NHS except for people who actually use it," he said. "When you actually come face to face with its care and concern, it is little short of wonderful."

When he discovered that the NHS in Greater Manchester would not fund a pioneering new drug called Sutent, a group of showbusiness friends joined together to fund the 3,500-a-month cost of having the treatment privately.

But Wilson found another `new mission' in his final days - campaigning on behalf of those others who were not fortunate enough to have wealthy benefactors and were losing out on the treatment because of a `postcode lottery.'

"I'm lucky I have this fund and my friends have been very generous, but some people needing these drugs are cashing in life savings, some are selling their homes", he said."You can get tummy tucks and cosmetic surgery on the NHS but not the drugs I need to stay alive. It is a scandal."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 2nd, 2007  

Bernard Sumner Says New Order ‘Mate Peter Hook “Needs to Chill Out”  

Last week New Order bassist Peter Hook shocked fans by lashing out at his bandmates on his blog and announcing the group had broken up (in something resembling Courtney Love speak): “You are no more new order than I am! You may have two thirds but dont assume you have the rights to do anything NEW ordery cos you dont ive still got a third!”

New Order guitarist Bernard Sumner — who hasn’t seen Hook since the group toured South America last November — was as surprised as anyone who read the post. “I find it very distasteful for him to do that after all this time,” he says, checking in by telephone from England. “He should have had a meeting with us. I’m not having someone tell me that we’ve split up without consulting me first. I think that’s very arrogant.”

Sumner is unsure whether he and drummer Stephen Morris will continue on as New Order without Hook. “We haven’t got any plans to make any music under the guise as New Order,” Sumner says. “I’ve working on two other projects at the moment so I’m kind of busy for the next couple of years anyway.”

And Hook, he says, needs to take five: “I think that Hooky just needs to chill out a little bit and relax.” Sumner says he has no plans to reach out to his blogging bandmate to clear everything up. “He’s the guy who with the problem, so he should approach us,” he says. “We haven’t got a problem. I just don’t think he likes me, so what can you do?”

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) July 30TH, 2007  

Stephen Morris named fifth greatest rock drummer by Stylus Magazine


50. Rat Scabies

49. Damon Che

48. Janet Weiss

47. Brian Chase

46. Billy Cobham

45. Lol Tolhurst / Boris Williams

44. Grant Hart

43. Hal Blaine

42. Gary Young

41. Ziggy Modeliste

40. Mik Glaisher

39. Tony Allen

38. Igor Cavalera

37. Jeremiah Green

36. John Densmore

35. Hugo Burnham

34. Zach Hill

33. Steve Shelley

32. Reni

31. Jim Eno

30. Clyde Stubblefield

29. Brendan Canty

28. Al Jackson, Jr.

27. Yoshimi P-We

26. Ringo Starr

25. Levon Helm

24. Jimmy Chamberlin

23. Bill Bruford

22. Neil Peart

21. Larry Mullen, Jr.

20. Bill Berry

19. Joe Easley

18. Mitch Mitchell

17. Bill Ward

16. Ginger Baker

15. Klaus Dinger

14. Glen Kotche

13. Tony Thompson

12. Chris Frantz

11. Dave Lombardo

10. Bernard Purdie

09. Moe Tucker

08. Stewart Copeland

07. Topper Headon

06. Dave Grohl

05. Stephen Morris

For a punk band, Joy Division were bizarrely democratic--any one of the four members could make a claim to being the band’s leader. Not many drummers could command as much attention as Ian Curtis’s wrecnching caterwaul, Bernard Sumner’s piercing guitar attack and Peter Hook’s heavenly bass falsetto, but Stephen Morris could more than hold his own, providing drum hooks spartan (“She’s Lost Control”), elegaic (“Atmosphere”) and sweeping (“Transmission”) with equal verve and innovation. And when JD became New Order, he did the unthinkable, stepping away from his drumkit and behind a computer, eventually creating possibly the most famous programmed drum beat in history. How thousands of new wave drummers didn’t stage walkouts in their respective bands after one listen to Unknown Pleasures is anyone’s guess.
04. Charlie Watts
03. Jaki Leibezeit
02. Keith Moon
01. John Bonham



movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) July 20TH, 2007  


Press Statement 

Due to recent questions that have arisen over the future of New Order at both the Cannes Film Festival and the Mojo Awards, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris have today decided to issue a press statement.

Bernard and Stephen - After 30 years in a band together we are very disappointed that Hooky has decided to go to the press and announce unilaterally that New Order have split up. We would have hoped that he could have approached us personally first. He does not speak for all the band, therefore we can only assume he no longer wants to be a part of New Order.

Whatever happens musically or otherwise, New Order have NOT split up, they continue to exist.

New Order will be making no further comment about this matter.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) July 20TH, 2007  


Freebass to work with former Take That man?

Robbie Williams has approached former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke to work on his solo project.

Rourke revealed that the singer had got in touch to join in with his new project Freebass, the band he shares with Primal Scream's Mani and New Order's Peter Hook.

Musicians also pencilled into to work with the band include Ian Brown and Tim Burgess from The Charlatans.

Rourke revealed the Williams collaboration during a Q&A session about the new Smiths documentary 'Inside The Smiths' with band drummer Mike Joyce in London yesterday (July 19).

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movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) July 18TH, 2007  
Joy Division Verdict On New Film
Surviving Joy Division members Peter Hook and Stephen Morris gave Xfm their verdict on 'Control', the new film about the life and death of lead singer Ian Curtis.

Yet another biopic, but this time about the brilliant yet troubled Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis who tragically hung himself back in 1980

Dutch film maker (and old Joy Division friend and photographer) Anton Corbijn debuted 'Control' - with musician Sam Riley playing Curtis - at the Cannes Film Festival last month to wide critical acclaim and Xfm caught up with former bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris to find out what the pair made of it all.

"We've seen it a couple of times." Morris divulged, "It's good, very good. Its a bit hard to watch when you're involved in it as much as Peter [Hook] as I have been though, but Anton's done a  really good job, its not as funny as 24 hour party people though!

"None of its true really", he continued, "Its sort of true but you have to take liberties when you're making a film because the truth is too boring."

"I really enjoyed it", Hook interjected, "But it was as I said like having your heart stamped on. The weirdest thing was at the end, when it really hurt and everybody started clapping. It would've been nice to have a dignified silence.

"You're sat there thinking "F*ck me i lived that!". It was like being dissected. 

"And then i went to take a piss and Ian [Curtis] and Bernard [Sumner, former Joy Division guitarist] were next to me...well the actors that played them and i was like that..."Aaaaah!". That was surreal.

"The way i always like to look at it", Hook summarised, "Is that you can judge how good a film is by how many people go to take a piss during it, and only two people went for a piss - Bernard and a 70 year old woman."


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) July 12th, 2007  

By David Nolan
Bernard Sumner has read the manuscript of
David Nolan's new book 'Confusion' and decided to contribute to the biography.He's added his thoughts and observations to David's text, put many previously
 private matters into context and had a right to reply on some of the more
 controversial aspects of the book.

 David Nolan says: "Bernard Sumner has read this book;  it was vital that he be allowed to
 respond to some of the issues raised, particularly the very personal ones.
 "To his credit, Bernard took a great deal of time and care offering his
 thoughts on the manuscript. As a result, where I had initially made a
 mistake, I have corrected it.  Where his version differed to someone else's,
 I've included both. Where Bernard offers insight into something I could only
 have guessed at, I have added it verbatim.
 "Unofficial biographies often have the sense that the author has the freedom
 to write whatever he or she wants, but is hampered by a lack of insider
 knowledge. Official ones have the story straight from the horse's mouth, but
 sometimes with the suspicion that deals have been struck and harsher words
 censored. This is an odd mix of both and is all the better for it.
 Good luck for the future Bernard. Your past has been a fascinating puzzle to
 piece together."
David Nolan
Summer 2007

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) July 11TH, 2007  


Stars buy cancer drug for Tony

Amanda Crook
11/ 7/2007

SHOWBIZ stars are paying for music legend Anthony Wilson to have 3,500-a-month cancer treatment - after the NHS refused to fund it.

The broadcaster - known as Mr Manchester - is taking a controversial new drug after chemotherapy failed to beat the disease.

He was diagnosed with cancer last year and had a kidney removed. Doctors at the Christie Hospital recommended Sutent, a drug which has doubled the life expectancy of some patients in trials.

But the Manchester NHS Primary Care Trust has refused to pay for the treatment. It says there is not enough `demonstrable evidence to support the use of this drug in treating kidney cancer'.

Mr Wilson is now buying Sutent privately and says the bill is being paid by friends and also a fund set up by members of the Manchester band Happy Mondays and other acts he has supported over the years in Manchester.

He says his condition has improved and he believes Sutent has stopped the cancer in its tracks.

He was turned down by the NHS, while patients being treated alongside him at Christie's - and living just a few miles away in Cheshire - are receiving funding for the therapy.

The former Factory Record boss, who helped shape the careers of some of Manchester's most famous bands during the 1980s and 90s, said: "This is my only real option. It is not a cure but can hold the cancer back, so I will probably be on it until I die.

"When they said I would have to pay 3,500 for the drugs each month, I thought where am I going to find the money? I'm the one person in this industry who famously has never made any money.

"I used to say some people make money and some make history - which is very funny until you find you can't afford to keep yourself alive.

"I'm due to have a scan in a couple of weeks to find out if this drug is working but I'm convinced it is because of the way I feel.

"I'm lucky I have this fund and my friends have been very generous, but some people needing these drugs are cashing in life savings, some are selling their homes.


"I've never paid for private healthcare because I'm a socialist. Now I find you can get tummy tucks and cosmetic surgery on the NHS but not the drugs I need to stay alive. It is a scandal."

Sutent was licensed in January but it may be 18 months before it is assessed for use across the health service. Until then it is up to each health trust to decide whether to fund it. This has created a postcode lottery.

About 120 people are treated for kidney cancer at the Christie each year and 50 are currently receiving Sutent - 30 on trials and about 10 on the NHS, with the others paying privately.

In trials Sutent has extended patients' lives from an average of five to 11 months. But this week a Scottish medical watchdog decided not to fund the drug and sufferers and doctors now fear this will make it even harder to get it on the NHS.

Mr Wilson is considering appealing against Manchester PCT's decision. As a private patient he also has to pay for his scans and tests separately.

He revealed his cancer battle in an exclusive article for the Manchester Evening News in February and paid tribute to the NHS and the staff at Christie who are looking after him. Messages of support then flooded in from all over the world.

Nathan McGough, former manager of the Happy Mondays who has known Mr Wilson for 30 years, teamed up with Elliot Rashman, the Mondays' present manager, to set up a fund after they heard of his plight.

They quickly collected enough money to fund his care for the next five months.

Mr McGough said: "Tony is such a highly respected figure in the entertainment industry, so with the permission of his family I was able to contact a few businesses and individuals who were wealthy and would not miss the money and we have built up a substantial fund. Everyone I asked was very quick to offer to help - it was all done quietly and we guaranteed that only Tony and I would know they had helped. They don't want thanks or recognition, they just wanted to help."

Prof Robert Hawkins, director of medical oncology at Christie, said Sutent was the `most notable advance in the treatment of kidney cancer for many decades'.

He said: "The continued barriers to the widespread use of the drug are very distressing for patients.

"This is not a cure, it is a very good treatment and I would want it if I had kidney cancer."

Manchester PCT has turned down the three requests it has had for Sutent this year. A spokeswoman said an assessment had found a `lack of demonstrable evidence' to support its use in treating kidney cancer.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 27th, 2007  


 It was a Manchester clubbing phenomenon and now 25 years after it opened the Hacienda is set to rise again with a summer of international events and launches.

New Order bassist Peter Hooky Hook is behind Hacienda 25, a series of events to mark the 25-year anniversary of the opening of the legendary super club. The Hacienda 25 Club Tour will feature classic Hacienda DJs and Factory Records artists, following last years successful worldwide Hacienda Club Tour which included Creamfields, Air in Tokyo, the Exit Festival in Serbia and Pacha in Sao Paulo.

New Order bassist Peter Hooky Hook is launching the events to mark the 25-year anniversary of the opening of the legendary super club. Talking about the response to last years tour, Hooky said: It doesnt matter where in the world you go, people have heard of the Hacienda, it had such a huge impact on the club scene worldwide. The tour went down really well and as its the 25 year anniversary a few of us decided to do something even bigger.

A complete collection of the Haciendas iconic Birthday Posters will be on show for the first time, at the Urbis cities museum in Manchester, along with previously unseen footage and items from the personal collections of Tony Wilson, Peter Hook, Ben Kelly and Rob Gretton. An invite-only launch party will feature DJ sets by Sasha, Peter Hook and Graeme Park. The exhibition will run for 7 months and is expected to attract 200,000 + visitors.

A limited edition Hacienda trainer designed by Peter Saville, Ben Kelly and Yohji Yamamoto with Adidas is due to launch in July and a Hacienda 25 CD collection and DVD will be released later in the year following the success of last years Hacienda Classics.

Hacienda DJs Graeme Park, Justin Robertson, and 808 State will join Peter Hook for the Hacienda Club Night at Sankeys Soap, Manchester, on August 26. Alistair Whitehead and Buckley will play the Shine room in tribute to the regular Hacienda Friday night. Negotiation are underway to confirm acts for a Hallucienda gig later in the year at the Manchesters Ritz club, featuring bands from the Hac and bands that have been inspired by the Hac . Other confirmed tour dates so far include a Hac tent at Live at Loch Lomond festival. 

Other future Hacienda-related releases will include Peter Hooks biography How Not to Run a Club, due for release in Spring 2008. He said: Its about how the Hacienda spent all of New Orders money or, to quote Anthony H. Wilson, how we made history not money.

The Joy Division film Control is due for release in September 2007 and a BBC documentary about the Hacienda and its key players is in production.

July 18

Hacienda Exhibition Launch Night @ Urbis, Manchester www.urbis.org.uk

Invite-only club event feat Sasha, Peter Hook & Graeme Park (opportunities for ticket give-aways) www.urbis.org.uk  Exhibition runs JULY 19TH/ FEB 19th - the exhibition will explore stories as told by Anthony Wilson, Peter Hook, Peter Saville, Ben Kelly, Ian Tilton and Jon Savage, Hillegonda Rietveld, Graham Massey and will include many previously unseen images, photographs, footage and artefacts + special presentations

August 5

Live at Loch Lomond Hacienda Tent August 5th Graeme Park, Alistair Whitehead, Peter Hook, Mani, Clint Boon. http://www.liveatlochlomond.com/

Auguts 25-26

Hacienda Weekend August 25-26 (some events TBC)

11am-11pm Hacienda Beach Club, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester 3,000 capacity open air venue turned into a beach for the summer www.myspace.com/beachclubmanchester - DJs TBC

6pm-11pm Warm up @ Dry Bar, Oldham Street (original Hac warm-up bar).

11pm-5am Hacienda Club Night at Sankeys www.sankeys.info - DJs Graeme Park, Justin Robertson, 808 State, Peter Hook. Alistair Whitehead and Buckley will play the Shine room in tribute to the regular Hacienda Friday night.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 20TH, 2007  

MOJO Honours List Salutes Incorrigible Rebels!

MOJO artists don't do things the easy way, or the way that's expected or prescribed. Having said that, a fair few managed the simple task of turning up at 6pm, falling out of cabs and grazing canaps at the 4th annual MOJO Honours List Ceremony, held this year at the spacious Brewery venue in London's chic EC1 arrondissement.

The MOJO Outstanding Contribution To Music
To a group who stand like a colossus, who've made unique sacrifices and overcome sundry barriers to bring us pleasure and catharsis.


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 10th, 2007  

Who Killed Martin Hannett

Colin Sharp


The magician, as Tony Wilson calls him; Factory co-founder, musical genius and sonic alchemist, Martin 'Zero' Hannett created the soundtrack of a generation. He produced the greats of punk and post-punk (Buzzcocks, U2, Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, Psychodelic Furs etc). Hannett shaped and delivered the sound that propelled the whole movement to prominence and still can be clearly heard in the records of Interpol, Snow Patrol, the Killers, Franz Ferdinand, the Kaiser Chiefs, Radiohead, Oasis. Yet, despite the extraordinary influence his production work and personality had on the seminal bands of the time little is really known about the complex man behind the myth. His life was as tragic and destructive as his work was innovative and creative. How did the 'magician' end up a sad, overweight, wrecked junkie humiliatingly pushed around in a shopping trolley by Sean Rider for a Happy Mondays video before a sad early death in 1991? In this original and fascinating biography - the first book on Hannett - Colin Sharp, best friend to Martin and witness to the scene, takes us on a journey into the heart and soul of Post-Punk's sonic genius. Who Killed... getsIt is a unique portrait of a tortured genius.

- There will be a launch for "Who Killed Martin Hannett?" at Urbis, Manchester on 25th July 2007, 8-12 pm. There will be a panel talking about Manchester in the late 70s, Factory Records, Martin Hannett and writing about the period. Then will be playing Hannett's Greatest Hits and some Martin obscurities, followed by food, drink, cerebral networking, good vibes, memories....

Tickets will go on sale through Urbis and outlets very soon. Be there or be square! - Urbis, Manchester - www.urbis.org.uk

- "Who Killed Martin Hannett?" can now be pre-ordered from Amazon.co.uk - www.amazon.co.uk or Play.com - www.play.com. Available from the 25th of June 2007.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 1st, 2007  


The Joy Division Photographs of Kevin Cummins

Publisher is : To Hell Publishing

Expected date of publication is November 2007

The book will consist of Kevin Cummins selection of pictures from his Joy Division archive accompanied by short personal essays by several writers.

These include: Ian Rankin, Simon Armitage, David Peace.

The forward is by Natalie Curtis

The book will be limited to 226 editions. 200 numbered and 26 lettered (A-Z). The lettered editions will be slightly different - they may be signed by all the writers too.

It will retail at approx. 200 GBP (price to be confirmed)

All  details are subject to change.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 27th, 2007  


Weinstein's three for the road at Cannes

CANNES -- The Weinstein Co. scored a triple play at the tail end of the Festival de Cannes, nabbing North American rights for Anton Corbijn's Joy Division biopic "Control," North American home video rights to Tom Shankland's detective thriller "Waz" and Australian rights to the animated "Persepolis."

"Control," the feature directorial debut of music video vet Corbijn, unspooled in the festival's Directors' Fortnight sidebar and earned three awards there: the CICAE Art & Essai prize for best film, the Regards Jeunes Prize for best first or second feature film and the Europa Cinemas Label prize for best European film. The black-and-white portrait of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, who committed suicide at age 23, stars Sam Riley and Samantha Morton.

First Independent Pictures and Wagner/Cuban Cos. were in serious negotiations to jointly acquire the film until late Thursday, but the Weinstein Co. stepped in and closed the deal Friday.

Weinstein Co. executive vp acquisitions Michelle Krumm and senior vp business and legal affairs Laine Kline negotiated the "Control" deal with Becker International's Iain Canning

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 26th, 2007  


Joy Division biopic wins at Cannes 

A small-budget British film about Joy Division star Ian Curtis has won a top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

'Control', which was made for just
3m (4.42) and stars an unknown former retail warehouse worker in his first lead role, has been named Best European Film at the festival.

The title - awarded by the Europa Cinemas Label, a network of film distributors - will boost Control's prospects by funding its release across European cinemas.

The jury said Sam Riley, 27, who plays Curtis, was "excellent" in the role, along with the rest of the cast.

'Control' follows Curtis's tragic last years before he killed himself at the age of 23 on May 18 1980 on the eve of the band's first US tour.

Dutch director Anton Corbijn had to pour his own cash into the film, which also stars Samantha Morton as Curtis's wife, to ensure its survival.

Corbijn plucked Riley from obscurity to play the iconic singer, who suffered from epileptic fits and could not handle the band's success as his personal life unravelled following an affair.

Riley was folding shirts in a Leeds warehouse when he auditioned.

New Order, the band formed by the surviving members of Joy Division, and Curtis's widow, collaborated on the project.

Shot in black and white, the film has a soundtrack of songs from New Order, David Bowie, the Sex Pistols, the Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop.

Control was shown for the first time last week when it opened the Directors' Fortnight section of films in Cannes to rave reviews.

It is the first feature film for Riley and the director, who is better known as a photographer.

Riley, who enjoyed bit parts in the film '24 Hour Party People' and TV's 'Law and Order' before landing the role of Curtis, actually sings in the role.

His former band, rock group 10,000 Things, spent four years with the Polydor record label but, he admits, never "troubled the charts".

Control received
250,000 (368,956) of European Union cash from a group based in the East Midlands.

As a result, the movie - one of the few British titles being shown at the Film Festival - had to be shot in Nottingham instead of Macclesfield where the story is set.

The last UK movie to win Best European Film was 'The Mother' in 2003, which was written by Hanif Kureishi and starred Daniel Craig.

Today's Europa Cinemas Label jury said: "This is a very impressive and assured debut from a renowned photographer, but he never allows the look of the film, beautiful though it is, to detract from the powerful story and character development.

"The performances are all excellent, not just the leading characters. We feel that this is a film that will strike a real chord with audiences around Europe, and not just with music lovers."

Corbijn and Riley will not be able to attend the prize-giving ceremony taking place in Cannes because they are out of the country.

A spokesman for the film said they could not be contacted.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 18th, 2007  

"CONTROL" Impressive movie

Control is a mind blowing movie, a perfect performance of Sam Riley as Ian Curtis (how real and touching he portrayed Ian). It is a privilege to witness this work of art at worldwide premiere in Cannes May 17th, 2007. Anton Corbijn, with his first movie, created a masterpiece. The rest of the cast are also amazing.

Yesterday it received a standing ovation well deserve at its premiere on the Croisette. It was a perfect way to pay tribute to Ian Curtis and Joy Division.

It was nice to see Joy Division / New Order with Gillian Gilbert at the premiere. I wanted to thanks especially Todd Eckert and Orian Williams.

Last two pix are Sam Riley with Todd Eckert and Orian Williams (Producers of Control)and Sam with me.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes)May 17th, 2007  

Briton causes sensation in Cannes


British actor Sam Riley, left, and Dutch director Anton Corbijn pose during a press conference for the film Control

A 27-year-old former retail warehouse worker is causing a sensation in Cannes for his first film lead role as the lead singer of iconic Manchester band Joy Division in a low-budget British movie which failed to secure UK public investment.

Dutch director Anton Corbijn had to pour his own cash into the film Control to ensure its survival.

Now the 3m movie, which follows lead singer Ian Curtis's tragic last years before he killed himself at the age of 23 on the eve of the band's first US tour, has swept up excitement at the famous film festival.

Mr Corbijn plucked Sam Riley, 27, from obscurity to play the singer, who suffered from epileptic fits and found it hard to handle the band's success as his personal life unravelled following an affair.

New Order, the band which the surviving members of Joy Division formed after his death, and Curtis's widow, played by Samantha Morton, collaborated on the project.

Mr Corbijn first met Mr Curtis after moving to the UK in the late 1970s, when he persuaded Joy Division to do a photoshoot just before its lead singer died.

Shot in black and white, the film has a soundtrack of songs from New Order, David Bowie, the Sex Pistols, the Velvet Underground and Iggy Pop.

Control received no UK public money, but 250,000 of European Union cash from the group EM Media.

Because New Order are based in the East Midlands, the movie - one of the few British titles being shown in Cannes - was shot in Nottingham instead of Macclesfield, where the story is set.

Mr Corbijn said: "It was my first movie so people might have been frightened by a first-time director. But it is a very English story and so it would have seemed appropriate to have some English funding."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 17th, 2007  


Bright young Brit shines in Joy Division biopic

A failed rock star who until recently was packing shirts in a warehouse has been hailed as one of Britains brightest new acting talents at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Intense: Sam Riley 'captures the essence' of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in Anton Corbijn's feature debut, Control

Sam Riley, 27, who admits that his band, Ten Thousand Things, "never troubled" the pop charts, has been lauded for his performance in Control, the British film about the late frontman of seminal 1970s group Joy Division.

Critics have described his portrayal of troubled singer Ian Curtis, who committed suicide on the eve of the band's first American tour, as "spectacular" and "outstanding".

Yesterday it received a standing ovation at its premiere on the Croisette. Even surviving members of the group were impressed.

Riley, from Leeds, who also performs all the songs in the film, gave up acting after playing Ray Winstones son in a television drama seven years ago while a member of the National Youth Theatre.

Finding himself disliking the experience of working on a set, he switched to music and writing songs for his band which briefly secured him a record deal.

However, their lack of hits forced him to work in bars and fold shirts in a factory. It was then that his old agent was contacted by Anton Corbijn, director of Control.

He said: "I had not spoken to my agent for four years. I was sent on an audition and then they rang me on my 26th birthday and said I had the part.

"To be in Cannes is like a daydream. To have filmed in Nottingham, obviously one of Britain's most glamorous cities, and then come here has been just crazy."

He said his previous career had helped him for the part. "I was a singer in a band," he said. "That is what I was doing previous to this film. It was just a case of practising his dancing style in the mirror."

Corbijn, a celebrated rock photographer shooting his first movie, said he never expected to find someone so perfect for the part.

"Not only does he look like him but he has the same innocence and charisma. I cannot think of the movie without Sam.

"Normally when you make a movie like this, you always disappoint people and fans but I honestly do not think Sam will disappoint anyone."

Peter Hook, the bass player with Joy Division and New Order which evolved from it, said: "He really caught the essence of Ian's character. It was like hearing Ian. It sent shivers down my spine."

Shot in black and white, with Nottingham standing in for Macclesfield, Control is the story of the last years in the life of Curtis who hanged himself in 1980 as the band stood on the threshold of stardom.

An intense character, Curtis suffered increasingly from epileptic fits towards the end of his life. While dedicated to his young wife Deborah and their baby, he was torn between his mundane life in Macclesfield and the excitement of touring with his band.

Their biggest hit was Love Will Tear Us Apart. His illness and tangled love life as well as the increasing responsibilities of the band led to him being unable to cope with the world. He hanged himself in his home exactly 27 years ago today, aged 23.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 17th, 2007  


Curtis rocks Cannes

'Control' has festival buzzing
17 May 07 - A small film about Joy Division front man Ian Curtis is making a big splash at Cannes.

"Control", the story of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, who committed suicide at 23 years old marks the movie-directing debut of rock photographer Anton Corbijn and features a star-making central performance from British unknown Sam Riley.

Adapted from a memoir by Curtis's ex Deborah, played by Samantha Morton, the film's ingredients are familiar a concoction of sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll.

This is no typical showbiz biopic, it's shot in black-and-white and set in gritty, unglamorous 1970s England, it re-creates the life of a singer who died unhappy and almost unknown but has secured a place in rock mythology.

"I moved to England because of Joy Division and Ian ... I didn't know him very well but I knew him, and researching for this film  made me get to know him much better." - Anton Corbijn, Director 

Joy Division's songs were convincingly re-created for the film by the actors, who all played their own instruments.

Playing the part of Curtis came out of the blue for 27 year old Sam Riley, who had abandoned an acting career to take an unsuccessful shot at fame with his band 10,000 Things. When he heard about auditions for the film, he was working in a warehouse in Leeds folding shirts.

Sam said: "I didn't know all that much about him, I knew what happened to him, and I knew some of the music, but it wasn't until I started researching it that I really got to know what was going on."

But if the enthusiastic reception in Cannes is any indication, Riley can give up the day job.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 13th, 2007  

Times Online

Joy Division, the movie, gets top slot at Cannes

HE could not cope with the pressure of trying to make it big in America. Now more than 25 years after his suicide Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division, is to be brought back to life on the big screen.

The biopic, based on a book by Curtiss widow, is to receive its premiere on Thursday in a prestigious slot at the Cannes Film Festival.

Curtis was an intense figure, prone to depression and epilepsy, who died after releasing only one album. The film, though, could help cement his position in the rock pantheon alongside Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison.

The movie, Control, stars the comparatively unknown Sam Riley as Curtis and the award-winning Samantha Morton as his wife Deborah. It will be Britains main entry to the festival and will open the Directors Fortnight.

Curtis committed suicide in May 1980 as Joy Division was on the brink of commercial success with its first tour of the United States. The singer, 23, was also experiencing difficulties in his marriage and was agonising about his affair with a new girlfriend.

He hanged himself at home, and a note was found beside him stating: At this moment I wish I were dead. I just cannot cope any more. He left a baby daughter, Natalie.

The book, Touching from a Distance, portrays a happy marriage, although it does refer to his obsessive nature and fascination with the Third Reich.

By contrast, the movie concludes that Curtis was obsessed with Annik Honor, a Belgian fan of Joy Division, whom the singer had met nine months before his suicide. The film is directed by Anton Corbijn, whose monochrome photographs of the band during its brief existence captured its stark image.

The film is really a love story between Ian and Annik, said Matt Greenhalgh, the scriptwriter. Even so, Ian probably still loved Deborah, but he could not handle guilt. He was a nice man, though clearly tormented.

The band, whose sole album before Curtiss death was Unknown Pleasures, with a second, Closer, appearing posthumously, was managed by Tony Wilson, who ran the Manchester-based Factory Records. In 2002 Wilsons life story was turned into a film, 24 Hour Party People, with Steve Coogan in the lead role. That film also focused on the story of Joy Division and Curtis.

Control joins a growing list of biopics about rock stars. A documentary about Joe Strummer of the Clash is released in Britain next weekend and a movie about Freddie Mercury is planned.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 2th, 2007  

Peter Hook on MySpace

Peter Hook is now officially on MySpace at:


Subscribe to his blog, here is the latest you can read:

"just managed to lose all this once so here we go again................

week started a bit oddly sortin out some problems for the control soundtrack but its done now so im lookin forward to control at cannes. as becky said a once in a lifetime opportunity to be in a film at cannes its quite excitin . ive been asked to dj somewhere as well so double whammy!

david sultan found some great stuff hidden in my basement thanks dave! he turned up a tape great quality of us at MAXWELLS NEW JERSEY which was the first gig of the post joy division tour as a three piece too? Ruth polskys tour actually[ god rest her soul] whats interestin is its the only gig we did as a three piece with our own gear as it was stolen the next day [see new order book for full story hilarious apart from the pain#] also a tape of the western works demos and the missin track from last nite at the electric circus NOVELTY be great to put them out with warsaw live at middlesboro [how could we persuade bernard eh?] well we can dream. birmingham went well sutton coldfield actually! well there was a very cold field in front of me? the organisors were great but kept tryin to cheer me up by sayin how bez had rocked it the week before? ah well slept 3 hours then to the airport for japan felt a bit rough and got worse when i realixed that i was tryin to get on the wrong flite my flite was in four more hours [thanks fletch and sam,] well i suppose it was god payin me back for not believin jess when she said she felt poorly and makin her go in school[ just like me mam with me] so im rough tired and then joy of joys , the flites delayed so i have to leg it at SCHIPOL to get the next flite and made it with three minutes to spare.....good thing my legs better unfortunately my bag has no legs so didnt make it again! THATS THREE IN THREE WEEKS AMAZIN THE GUY AT THE AIRPORT IS A NEW ORDER FAN SO DROPS IT OFF FOR ME FIRST! saves packin it tho i just take it with me next time. good flite felt better so ok watched night at the museum ha ha what a performance by steve coogan it was shite!!!!! cheered me up no end that did.thanks steve! so i arrive no bag so TAKKAO TAKES ME TO K.SWISS to get some clother for the gig at air in the company hummer which was a laugh! just for all you doubters of the power of celebrity djin takkao was over the moon tellin me of the arrival of his son RIO a month old cos he met his wife at my gig in osaka see the world moves in mysterious ways doesnt it?

so interviews all day for the upcomin hacienda cds mani is doin one sos tim burgess so i was tired had an hours break then off to AIR for the gig stitched up by my friends? sam and takkao and pushed on stage with NIGRILIS while they did their cover of krafty thanks lads ill get you for that! the gig was great it always amazes me to get a great reaction like that the crowd were GREAT!

SAW A COUPLE OF OLD FRIENDS FROM NEW ORDER DAYS AND thanks to keiko for the hac soap and emi for the pictures! so happy and sweaty i went to the hotel showered and left[got a couple of great kimonos dont tell anyone] for the airport i was picked up by the promoter in the other k swiss car

man a top tokyo drift 350z which was like a slingshot! supercharged monster sounded wild on a sunday mornin in tokyo ill tell you!thanks man so home exhausted flites were ok and i saw my bag as they put it back on the plane! then home to the girls in time for kingdom so im happy.

interviewin? a singer for freebass tomorro so keep your fingers crossed! im happy tired but ready for leeds and belfast this week/ tell you what tho probably had my strangest request ever in brum this kid who looked sober said;

you got any SPIDER SIMPSON?; i of course said ;WHAT! and he tells me there a sutton coldfield band who i should look out for so obviously so should YOU!

til next time hookyx"

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 1th, 2007  

Times Online

Resurrected heroes rock the Croisette

There will be few Union Jacks flying over the Croisette this year: the Cannes Film Festival is almost totally a British film-free zone bar two notable exceptions, both focusing on rock gods. One is a biopic, the other a documentary.

Having its world premiere as the opening film of the prestigious Directors Fortnight will be Anton Corbijns Control, the hotly anticipated screen biography of Ian Curtis, singer with Manchester postpunk legends Joy Division. Also showing in Cannes will be Julien Temples terrific documentary on the late Clash singer Joe Strummer, The Future is Unwritten.

After the recent celebrated biopics of Johnny Cash and Ray Charles the fast lives and early deaths of iconic rock stars clearly remain a perennial fascination for festival organisers and audiences alike. Strikingly, Curtis and Strummer were almost exact contemporaries and arguably the two most important British music figures of their times. One became an enduring symbol of psychic torment and unrealised potential, the other a rousing rebel-rock icon who retreated from the limelight, only to die on the brink of a major career revival. Both now enjoy worldwide reverence among music fans.

Similar in style to his groundbreaking eulogy to the Sex Pistols, The Filth and the Fury, in 2000, Temples portrait of Strummer is a remarkable collage of rare family footage, performance clips and late 1970s social context. In a smart sleight of hand it is narrated by Strummer himself in a loose audio narrative pieced together from archive interviews.

It also features a starry collection of first-hand testimonials from friends, musical partners and famous fans. Martin Scorsese, Bono, Johnny Depp and a cast of thousands all pay their respects to the former Clash singers everyman appeal.

Joe retained a connection with his audience all around the world, Temple says, a big audience of people who felt they had a kind of closeness with him. He did insist on remaining human and flawed and contradictory and in touch with other people. A lot of famous musicians lose that, and its quite easy to do, the bigger you get. Joe was a very big star. He wrestled very deeply with it.

The personality cult based on Curtis is distinct from most live-fast, die-young rock stories. An intense, charismatic figure assailed by depression and epilepsy, he retains a huge global following almost three decades after his death. Curtis committed suicide on the eve of Joy Divisions first American tour in May 1980. He was 23.

He scored his largest commercial success shortly after his death with the evergreen despair anthem Love Will Tear Us Apart, and the small canon of Joy Division songs he left behind defined the jagged, brutal, modernist aesthetic of postpunk. He informed many of the biggest rock bands of the 1980s and 1990s, and helped to inspire everyone from U2 to Nirvana, Moby to the Killers. When Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994 and Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers ominously disappeared a year later, fans were quick to invoke Curtis as their dark forefather.

Control, filmed in monochrome, is based on Touching From a Distance, the 1997 memoir by the singers widow, Deborah Curtis. Ironically, this flagship for British talent at Cannes is directed by a Dutchman, Anton Corbijn, and produced by an American, Orian Williams.

It stars the virtually unknown Sam Riley as Curtis and Samantha Morton as Debbie, and was partly shot in the singers native Macclesfield. But Joy Divisions central Manchester rehearsal room, immortalised in the Love Will Tear Us Apart video, was recreated in a Nottingham warehouse. I was there last summer when Corbijn shot a key scene in which the band learn that they have been booked on the fateful American tour that apparently plunged Curtis into his final depression.

The London-based Corbijn, making his debut as a feature director, spent most of the 1980s as a photographer at the New Musical Express, where his instantly recognisable signature style of grainy textures and deep shadows earned him the nickname the Dutch Master. He then moved on to shooting videos, conceiving album sleeves and designing stage shows for numerous superstar bands.

Although best known today as image-maker in chief to U2 and Depeche Mode, Corbijns connection to Joy Division is an obsession spanning 30 years. It was the cult Manchester quartet who caused him to move to England permanently in the late 1970s.

My theory is that music really mattered here in peoples lives, Corbijn says. People are so poor that it was a way out, a matter of living or dying almost, whereas in Holland it always seemed like a subsidised hobby. When Joy Division came out it was so fantastic. I just had to go to England, to be where that music comes from.

Within weeks of arriving, he persuaded Joy Division to grant him a photo shoot, producing some iconic monochrome shots that would later immortalise the bands stark and gloomy image. But it was only after the singers suicide that these early portraits were hailed for their eerie, prophetic intensity.

Nobody would publish it, Corbijn recalls, but the band liked it. When Ian died, NME suddenly wanted to put the picture on the front. It was like a premonition.

Both Deborah Curtis and her daughter Natalie, who was just 1 when her father committed suicide, visited the set and gave their blessing to Control. Even so, the film-makers had to tread carefully in covering the singers darker side, notably his adulterous affair with Annik Honor, a Belgian fan, that spanned the eight tormented months leading to his suicide.

The one thing we told Debbie early on is we want to tell the truth, as best as we can, says Williams. We want to tell Ians story, not Debbies specific story. Even though it starts from the book we want the bands input, we want Anniks input. Debbie and her never met, and probably never will.

Williams and the screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh met Honor while researching the film. Curtis was still strong in her memory. Ian wrote letters to her constantly, Williams says. Ive seen those letters and they were sad, beautiful, lonely. It was a huge deal. He loved Annik and I know she loved him.

Reborn as New Order after Curtis hanged himself, the surviving members of Joy Division have approved the script and supplied sound-track music. However, the bass player Peter Hook lambasted Corbijn for his hands-on methods last year. We dont tell him how to direct, why is he telling us how to make music? Hook protested. The band are supportive of Anton, period, Williams insists. We met with New Order several times. They read the script, theyre aware of the story we are telling. They know Debbies book.

Control was shot on a tight budget of less than 3 million. Williams initially showed the idea to some Hollywood studio executives, but the box-office appeal of a black-and-white film about a long-dead cult singer eluded them.

Various people said, Get an Alist actor! Make it big! Williams laughs. Black and white? No one sees black and white . . . Anton who? A couple of them even said, What if you told it from the perspective of if he were still alive, looking back on his life . . .? So stupid.

The Joy Division story has already been told on screen before, as one subplot of Michael Winterbottoms irreverent Factory Records postmortem 24 Hour Party People. The Factory founder Tony Wilson has a producer credit on both films, although the two are very different in tone and focus.

As part of his research for playing Curtis, Riley visited the Epilepsy Society in London to study the effects of the seizures that, he feels, contributed to the singers suicidal depression. The side-effects of the medication could be pretty soul-destroying, Riley says. Being in love with two women, the fear that comes along with epilepsy, the future and the unknown . . . I think it was just a massive combination. It was all too much for him.

If Corbijns Control and Temples The Future is Unwritten share any common ground it is that both were made by directors who knew and loved their subjects. The difference between Strummer and Curtis, argues Temple, is that Joe was a tough, survivor kind of guy. His film doesnt flinch from showing contradictory sides of the Clash frontman, who was loved and hated at the same time. And while the Joy Division singer wore his psychic trauma or all to see, the Clash singer internalised his.

Joe had a dark, introverted aspect which he normally didnt show that much, says Temple. But it was there. I didnt want to wash a lot of dirty linen in public but I did want to make a film that would be useful to people who didnt know him. Ive always felt that he was a kind of philosopher.

The 60th Cannes Film Festival runs May 16-27 (www.festival-cannes.fr ).

Two different worlds tore them apart

Kevin Cummins, photographer and close friend of Ian Curtis:

The films not going to offer me a huge insight into Ians life. Its loosely based on [Curtiss widow] Deborahs book, but I think the films been taken out of her hands a bit.

Theyve made Ians affair with Annik more central, apparently. Ian and Deborah were just kids when they got married and the book isnt about living with a rock star and the marriage falling apart; its about two kids who got married too young and then drifted apart because their worlds changed.

They should just rerelease the first two albums. Thats far more biographical than any film made by people who didnt know him that well.

Ians lyrics were pretty dark and onstage hed get lost in that darkness sometimes. Being close to him, either onstage or in front of the stage, was quite

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 24th, 2007  


25 Year Party Palace

When the Hacienda was built, there was nothing like it in existance. Its presence inspired dance music, superclubs and the cult of the DJ. On its 25th anniversary, we pick out some of the history that made it so unique.

- Designed by Ben Kelly on the recommendation of Factory Records co-founder Pater Saville, the initial idea for the Haienda came from Joy Division and New Order manager, Rob Gretton, who wanted a club that played the sort of music he liked to listen to.

The Haienda (photo: Ian Tilton)

- The club was financed by both New Order and Factory Records. Opening as a members-only club, it lost a lot of money in the early days, with closure only diverted by the continued funding of New Order, who even turned over the cash made on the massively successful Blue Monday.

- The name comes from a slogan of the radical group Situationist International: 'The Hacienda Must Be Built', from Formulary for a New Urbanism by Ivan Chtcheglov.

- It may have been the Haienda to the rest of the world, but in the Factory catalogue, its FAC 51, nestling in-between New Orders Movement album and A Certain Ratios Waterline.

FAC 51 The Haienda (photo: Ian Tilton)

- Even though the cedilla isnt used in the Spanish spelling of the word hacienda, it was included in the name of the club because it meant that 'i' resembled 51.

- The three bars at the club were called The Gay Traitor, The Kim Philby and Hicks, references to Anthony Blunt, a British art historian who spied for the Soviet Union, and his accomplices.

- In the first few years, the Haienda hosted many live shows, not least the first ever UK appearance by Madonna in 1984.

- Always a place to find unusual performers, at a concert by German industrialists Einstrzende Neubauten, the band actually drilled into the walls that surrounded the stage.

The Haienda (pic: Ian Tilton)

- Credited by many as being the birthplace of the superstar DJ, thanks to its elevated DJ booth, the actual reason for the lofty perch was that the club had poor lines of sight from the original booth, moving the first resident DJ, Hewan Clarke, to lobby for it to be moved.

- Like Factory Records, the club had many ups and downs. Its nadir was reached in 1991 when a young club goer died from ecstasy poisoning and security staff were threatened with a machine gun. This led to the police closing the club. It re-opened the following year.

- The Hacienda closed shortly after its fifteenth birthday. After a violent incident outside the club, the owners became convinced that it would have its licensed revoked. That, coupled with on-going financial problems, led to them closing the doors for the final time in June 1997.

- After standing empty for 18 months, in which there were many arguments about what should happen to it, the club was demolished. A block of flats now stands on the site. New Orders Peter Hook said the decision to build the flats was a good one because if it had been a club and itd carried on, it would have been like seeing your girlfriend out with somebody else.

- With the club gone, for his 2001 film 24 Hour Party People, director Michael Winterbottom recreated it brick-for-brick and girder-for-girder in a warehouse in Ancoats


Manchester legends play unique hometown gig

A host of Manchester music legends united onstage to play one of the city's classic anthems last night (March 30).

The climax of the Manchester Versus Cancer event saw former Stone Roses bandmates Ian Brown and Mani take to the stage with Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and New Order's Peter Hook to perform 'I Am The Resurrection', sparking scenes of pandemonium at the MEN Arena.

A fundraiser for Manchester cancer hospital Christies, the event also saw Brown play a short greatest hits set, including new song 'Goodbye To The Broken', and Noel Gallagher headline with a semi-acoustic set.

The Oasis leader played classics such as 'Don't Look Back In Anger', 'Slide Away' and 'Half The World Away', along with 'Don't Go Away' from 'Be Here Now' - which he dedicated to Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno.

Noel was also joined onstage by Paul Weller for a version of The Jam's 'The Butterfly Collector'.

Weller had earlier joined The Charlatans for another Jam tune, 'Town Called Malice'.

Other collaborations included Peter Hook joining Echo & The Bunnymen for 'Lips Like Sugar' and McAlmont and Butler teaming up with Andy Rourke to run through a pair of crowd-pleasing Smiths classics, including 'Still Ill' and 'Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me'.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 22th, 2007  

"CONTROL" Selected for the Prestigious Director's Fortnight


So there are to be no British films in competition at Cannes. With Ken Loach winning the Palme d'Or last year, it feels a bit like winning the World Cup then not qualifying for the next one. But the news is not all bad. I learn that two very distinctive British works will be selected for the prestigious Director's Fortnight. The first is Control , the story of doom-laden rock group Joy Division and their lead singer, Ian Curtis. The film stars newcomer Sam Riley as Curtis and Samantha Morton as his wife Deborah, on whose book the film is based. (Morton should have a good Cannes - she also plays Marilyn Monroe in Harmony Korine's Mister Lonely which has been selected for the Un Certain Regard section.) Control marks the directing debut of celebrated photographer Anton Corbijn. The other British entry is Garage , directed by Ireland's Lenny Abrahamson and written by Mark O'Halloran, the team behind the excellent but little-seen Adam & Paul in 2004.

As the main competition is packed with familiar favourites - Tarantino, Wong Kar Wai, Emir Kusturica, Gus Van Sant - much of the more interesting work these days can be found in the experimental sidebars such as Critics' Week and Director's Fortnight. The official line-ups for these will be announced later this week, but you heard it here first.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 19th, 2007  

Bernard Sumner/So Many Words collaboration

Bernard Sumner (New Order) has been collaborating with So Many Words Theatre Company for Young People with Learning difficulties.

The results of the partnership is a showcase of theatre work by So Many Words called Shimmer to be performed at The Studio Theatre, The Lowry, Salford on  Tuesday, May 15th.

Shimmer has been created with Bernard and uses original music to explore characters, relationships and fantasy. Taking themes from Chinese folklore, animals and nature, and is an entertaining tale about one young persons journey towards happiness.

So Many Words is based at Oakwood Youth Club, Chatsworth Road, Salford and funded by Arts Council NorthWest.

To reserve tickets for this performance please contact Jamie at Oakwood Youth Club on: 0161 786 1939

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 16th, 2007  

The Guardian

Coming soon: the Ian Curtis happy meal?

We live in a world of Jimi Hendrix-branded energy drinks, U2 iPods and John Lennon glasses. Nevertheless, certain artists always seem immune to the possibility of the corporate tie-in, not least the legendarily gloomy post-punk band Joy Division. That has changed with the news that sportswear company New Balance has commissioned two pairs of trainers inspired by the band.

One features the cover artwork and the catalogue number of their 1979 debut album Unknown Pleasures, while another displays the Factory records logo and the cryptic slogan One of One Made in Macclesfield. They are the work of Dylan Adair, perhaps the only man in history to listen to Joy Division and think of sports-casual footwear: he previously designed a similar trainer for Nike featuring lyrics from Atrocity Exhibition, the harrowing opening track from the band's second album Closer.

The trainers are likely to remain prototypes but they are not the only improbable Joy Division-related product available. Yo! Sushi currently offers its takeaway customers the Love Will Tear Us Apart salmon and tuna box set, a selection of sashimi, nigri, maki and salad with tangy sunomono dressing, the latter presumably ideal for ridding yourself of "the taste in your mouth as desperation takes hold", as the song's lyric had it. The box set forms part of a menu on which every item is named after a classic song, including the Relight My Fire prawn yakisoba and the Sexual Healing salmon sashimi.

"Some of them are a little more tangential than others," explains a spokeswoman for Yo! Sushi, when asked what the link was between Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis' agonised meditation on the break-up of his marriage - originally released a month after his suicide in May 1980 - and coriander-seared tuna and beetroot-marinated salmon. "It's not so much that we're making an affiliation to Joy Division, it's just that it's a great song."

If nothing else, the products are timely. This year sees the release of Control, photographer Anton Corbijn's long-awaited Ian Curtis biopic. Rumours that it will be accompanied by a tie-in with McDonald's - involving a new jingle based on the lyrics of Decades ("portrayal of the trauma and degeneration, the sorrows we suffered and never were free ... I'm lovin' it"), and the Ian Curtis Happy Meal - remain unconfirm-ed at time of going to press.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 31th, 2007  


Manchester legends play unique hometown gig

A host of Manchester music legends united onstage to play one of the city's classic anthems last night (March 30).

The climax of the Manchester Versus Cancer event saw former Stone Roses bandmates Ian Brown and Mani take to the stage with Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and New Order's Peter Hook to perform 'I Am The Resurrection', sparking scenes of pandemonium at the MEN Arena.

A fundraiser for Manchester cancer hospital Christies, the event also saw Brown play a short greatest hits set, including new song 'Goodbye To The Broken', and Noel Gallagher headline with a semi-acoustic set.

The Oasis leader played classics such as 'Don't Look Back In Anger', 'Slide Away' and 'Half The World Away', along with 'Don't Go Away' from 'Be Here Now' - which he dedicated to Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno.

Noel was also joined onstage by Paul Weller for a version of The Jam's 'The Butterfly Collector'.

Weller had earlier joined The Charlatans for another Jam tune, 'Town Called Malice'.

Other collaborations included Peter Hook joining Echo & The Bunnymen for 'Lips Like Sugar' and McAlmont and Butler teaming up with Andy Rourke to run through a pair of crowd-pleasing Smiths classics, including 'Still Ill' and 'Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me'.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 10th, 2007  


Freebass working with 'great' frontmen

'Supergroup' working with Liam Gallagher

'Supergroup' Freebass have been working with Liam Gallagher on their debut album.

As previously reported, The band made up of New Order's Peter Hook, The Smiths' Andy Rourke and Primal Scream's Mani.

Now Hook has confirmed the band, made up up three bass players (hence the name), have been working with a number of high-profile frontmen, including Gallagher.

He said: "We've been working with some great singers. Tim Burgess has done a vocal for us. Liam Gallagher, I believe is doing one, (and) Ian Brown and Bobby Gillespie."

He added: "We're going to get them up onstage. It's nice that Mani and I can call in a few favours."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 9th, 2007  


'Lost' singer hits right note
A SINGER who went missing after being signed up to front a new group has been tracked down.

The M.E.N. reported last month how the frontman - known only as Rich from Wigan - had disappeared after he been plucked from obscurity to sing in a new Manchester band.

New Order bass player
Peter Hook made an appeal for the singer to get in touch as his band Freebass prepared to go into the studio.

Now we can reveal that the singer - Rich Lawson - has been in touch with Hook. And the pair, along with Mani, of Primal Scream and formerly The Stone Roses, plus ex-The Smiths bass player Andy Rourke, plan on working together again next week.

A relieved Hook explained: "The family have moved to Stockport, so that's why we couldn't get hold of him. Thankfully, he's still well up for it. I must admit I was getting a little bit worried."

Rich, 23, vanished while the three guitarists took a short break to fulfil touring and recording commitments.

Hook added: "I think what freaked Rich out has been the amount of interest in his whereabouts. It's all a new experience for him.

"We've already set aside time to do the recording.

"We're hoping to be up and running by the end of the year - and then hit the festival circuit next year."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 7th, 2007  
Potts & Hook Reunite at Hard Rock Cafe for Nordorff Robbins

Wednesday 21st 'March On Stage' @ Hard Rock Cafe, Manchester. Doors 7:00pm, Stage 9:45pm

Buy Tickets General Admission (12), VIP (30)

David Potts and Peter Hook have confirmed that they'll be sharing a stage for the first time in 7 years for the Hard Rock Caf 'March on Stage' event in Manchester on Wednesday 21st March in aid of the Nordorff-Robbins Music Therapy charity.

As post-Revenge duo Monaco, 'Hooky' and 'Pottsy' sold a million albums worldwide in the late '90s and created the chart hit 'What Do You Want From Me' combining instantly memorable pop sha-la-las with the trademark New Order bass sound.

Monaco split in 2000 with Hook re-joining New Order and travelling the world as a superstar DJ. Potts went on to write and produce, initially as Ram and culminating in a solo album release 'Coming Up For Air' in January of this year.

So could Monacos old sparring partners be on the verge of reforming?

Very unlikely says Hook, I thought Id got rid of Pottsy and he thought hed got rid of me but a one-off like this for Nordorff-Robbins is worth doing. Potts agrees: Well let you know if it was a good idea afterwards!

Other music industry patrons of Nordorff-Robbins - who provide UK-wide music therapy sessions for 30,000 people a year - include David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Sting and Pink Floyd.

Hard Rock Cafe Unit 7/9, The Printworks, 27, Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS - 0161 831 6700

www.david-potts.com and www.myspace.com/davidpottsmusic

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 1st, 2007  

The Killers play special cover version at Shockwaves NME Awards 2007

The band honour a classic British band

The Killers marked their Shockwaves NME Awards live performance by playing a special cover version tonight (March 1).

The band thrilled Hammersmith Palais in London with a cover of Joy Division's 'Shadowplay'.

The Las Vegas band have recorded the track for the forthcoming movie 'Control', based around the life of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis


Peter Hook presented the award of "Best British Band" to Muse and added before the nominees "I like to do a very special shout out to Tony Wilson, and I want to say that get well soon because we fucking need you man and well come back".

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) February 14th, 2007  

'24-hour' Tony Wilson battles cancer

Tony Wilson, who co-managed the label behind Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays, has had a kidney removed after being diagnosed with cancer.

The cancer was found during a routine check-up: after two minutes, the doctor identified that something was "seriously wrong" with his right lung. After having the lung drained a scan revealed that his right kidney was "completely consumed" by cancer.

Wilson, who launched Factory records and the legendary Hacienda club in Manchester, underwent emergency surgery to remove the kidney last month and is due to start two five-day treatments of chemotherapy


Anthony Wilson, the music mogul behind some of Manchester's most successful bands, has been diagnosed with cancer.

The Salford-born entrepreneur, who managed New Order, Joy Division and the Happy Mondays, underwent emergency surgery last month to remove a kidney.

The 56-year-old, who launched Factory records and the Hacienda nightclub, is due to start a chemotherapy course at Manchester's Christie Hospital.

The disease was found during a routine visit to the doctor.

Two minutes into his check-up the doctor identified that something was "seriously wrong" with his right lung.

After having the lung drained a scan revealed that his right kidney was "completely consumed" by cancer.

It was then removed at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and he is now set for two five-day treatments at the Christie.

Mr Wilson said: "It was a bit of a surprise to find out I had cancer because there is no family history.

"All my family tend to have heart attacks in the middle of the night aged in their 70s, 80s and 90s.

"I wasn't too upset when I was told the news. I just think you have to go with it and I see it as another step in life's adventure."

'Madchester' founder

Mr Wilson reserved particular praise for the staff who treated him after his diagnosis.

"The sheer quality of the care provided to me by the nursing staff and doctors has been fantastic," he said.

"It's funny that everyone has a moan about the NHS except for people who actually use it."

Mr Wilson, who is a presenter on BBC Radio Manchester, rose to fame after he co-founded Factory Records and the Hacienda nightclub which was famously known as the birthplace of the "Madchester" music phenomenon.

The semi-fictional story of both the music label and the historic club was told in the 2002 film, 24 Hour Party People.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) February 11th, 2007  

David Potts


Mancunian songsmith David Potts aka Pottsy is back with his first solo album, a highly energetic, hits-packed offering Coming Up For Air in January 2007. Those who remember Pottsy from Monaco and RAM are about to have their patience rewarded.

This album has been a journey which has mirrored Pottsys own. I had to put some distance personally and musically between Monaco and myself. says Potts, Im proud of what we achieved but its been a mixed blessing. Reactions to the music now make me realise that Im out of that shadow for good. Coming Up For Air is about just that, being able to breathe again. This is the theme of an album which charts a very personal fight to be recognised as an individual talent.

So has he arrived? Its made me connect with the music I love and want to make says Pottsy. Setting up my own label was an important step, a statement I suppose that I no longer needed a mainstream music business to get out there.  Each track stands proud and shows off Pottsys diverse influences from The Who to The Kinks, and The Beatles to The Jam. Essentially Coming Up for Air demonstrates Potts abilities as a first class songwriter in a time when they are few and far between.

Opening the album is 'Got to be someone', a song capturing the feeling of isolation and not fitting in or being part of the world around you. I think I wrote it after watching Quadrophenia for the umpteenth time. I wanted to keep the music quite intense and claustrophobic, sticking to three chords round and round with a Motown beat. says Pottsy.

The first single from the album Im the Greatest is a comment on the celebrity delusions of rock stardom. I wrote 'I'm the greatest' as a reaction to writing slow/mid tempo songs or relationship based lyrics. This was the two fingers to all those tunes, basically putting myself in a role of someone like Ali, Liam Gallagher or Hurricane Higgins. People whose self belief in their success was the most important goal in life.  Its already received Radio 2 plays (Mark Radcliffe, Dermot OLeary) and is Clint Boons Single of the Week on XFM Manchester. Ive had great feedback from the Manchester lot; Ive had comments about being Manchesters Modfather. Weller is a hero, so Im well flattered by that!  Potts.

Roll Up! is essentially about escaping the world around you and features Peter Hook on bass guitar; how did that happen? The track just needed that sound and it was quite a cathartic thing to do says Potts, I called him up and we did it, a bit like old times. I think hed like to be mixed a bit louder but it sounds ace.

Continuing with his frank descriptions, Potts says Faces is quite an old track written as a thank you to George Harrison for all the years of musical pleasure he and the rest of the faces (Beatles) have given me. I'm really f***ing proud of these lyrics. Once you know who it's about, it'll make perfect sense. I don't find writing lyrics an easy process but these just flowed.

Richard Parker is a heartfelt song about losing a part of yourself, in this case Pottsys ex-wife. I had to ween out the sad songs after splitting up with the missus but this is the one that stayed. It was written just before we split. I played it to her in the studio and she just wept and wept because it confirmed things were coming to an end. I'd just read Life Of Pi and used the story as a cover to what was going on at the time, hence the tiger, Richard Parker who needed Pi to survive...you get the drift. I sent the track to the author, Yann Martell, who replied saying he really loved it. I love the ending... very Gainsbourg.

Anyone who knows Pottsy, will know My Favourite Onion, showing off the fun side of his talents, and the tongue in cheek Macca nod. Potts talks about the last track on the album, Dream away is my favourite track of the album. I wanted to capture the sound of those 60's American male whiter than white vocal groups that my gran used to have tapes of. A white sports jacket with a green carnation, wah wah wah. It was a very sound-tracky era in which I wrote it. Axlerod, Barry and Morricone. The ending is fookin bliss. The whole songs off it's 'ead!

Coming Up for Air was recorded, produced, and almost entirely performed by Potts himself, mixed by Tom Knot (The Earlies) at Airtight and mastered by Guy Davie (Royksopp, Badly Drawn Boy) at The Exchange.  

Album tracklisting:

1.     Got to be Someone                                                  

2.     Im the Greatest

3.     World Isnt Over

4.     Roll Up

5.     Faces

6.     Richard Parker

7.     Free Yourself

8.     So Low

9.     And I

10.  My Favourite Onion

11.  Warm and Happy Soul

12.  Kite

13.  Dream Away


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 27th, 2007  

Manchester District Music Archive


MDMArchive is an online community archive designed to celebrate Greater Manchester music, protect its heritage and promote awareness of its cultural importance.

The new MDMArchive site has been in the limelight this month with features in the Manchester Evening News, the Salford Advertiser, UKMetro News, the South Manchester Reporter and the BBC national website. We've also done radio interviews for Revolution, BBC Radio Manchester and Imagine. There is more stuff to follow including a Channel M interview early next week.

We are particularly keen on preserving fans' stories about gigs, records, club nights, etc. Don't forget to add your tale when you add your artefact!

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movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 21th, 2007  



Derek Miller and Ex Josef K frontman Paul Haig, release a thumping cover of Joy Divisions 'Atmosphere' on the 15th of December. Check it out on iTunes and Napster.
Production was handled by ex Finitribe member John Vick.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 19th, 2007  

The Killers confirm Joy Division cover

The track will feature on Ian Curtis movie

The Killers have covered the 1979 Joy Division song 'Shadowplay' for the soundtrack to the forthcoming movie about the life of the band's frontman Ian Curtis.

The movie, 'Control', is based on the book 'Touching From A Distance', by Curtis' widow Deborah who also co-produced the movie. She is played by Samantha Morton. The film was directed by famed music video director Anton Corbijn.

As previously reported on NME.COM, New Order have recorded the incidental music for the movie, and are also mooted to be re-recording a number of Joy Division tracks.

The biopic is set for a September 2007 release.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 17th, 2007  


Factory Records legend has kidney removed

Tony Wilson is recovering in Manchester

Joy Division affiliate Tony Wilson is recovering after having a kidney removed in hospital.

The writer and broadcaster was told that his kidney was badly damaged and could not be saved, and it was removed at the Manchester Royal Infirmary on January 3.

Wilson has been involved with Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays, is famed for setting up Factory Records and the Hacienda nightclub.

In a statement, Wilson: "I spent November and December working very hard and thinking I had flu. Eventually my partner Yvette Livesey forced me to go to the doctor, who spotted the problem and sent me to hospital.

"The staff here have all been wonderful. I am feeling much better and hope to be released in about a week. I will then need about a month to recuperate."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 15th, 2007  


Perry Farrell teams up with New Order and Chili Peppers

Jane Addiction man set for star-studded new album

Perry Farrell has just announced the details of his latest star-studded musical project.

The former Jane's Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza Festival founder will release the debut album with his new band, Satellite Party, in the US on May 15.

The album, titled 'Ultra Payloaded', features guests including New Order/ Joy Division bassist Peter Hook, The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Fergie of Black Eyed Peas, and electronica outfit Thievery Corporation, among others.

The concept album will contain elements of rock, electronica, urban beats and symphony. One song, 'Woman In The Window', features a previously unreleased vocal track by Jim Morrison

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 11th, 2007  


New Order deny split reports

Plus Joy Division filmmaker refutes conflict claims

New Order have denied reports they are splitting up.

Late last year drummer Stephen Morris told Pagina/ 12 magazine that the band were contemplating their future.

Morris was quoted as saying: "We should stop for a while."

However, the drummer has denied the split stories, telling fansite Worldinmotion.net: "It's the first I've heard of it... We've got an album to finish and a movie coming out."

Morris also mentioned that Joy Division film 'Control' would feature The Killers on the soundtrack.

He said: "The Killers have already done a version of 'Shadowplay' for the album, and there will be lots more great stuff on there hopefully."

Meanwhile, 'Closer' director Anton Corbijn has hit back at reports of a conflict between himself and members of New Order.

As previously reported, bassist Peter Hook complained that 'Control' director Anton Corbijn had too much power over the film.

Hook told Pagina/ 12 that Corbijn's authoritative style "bothers me a lot".

Corbijn posted: "There is no argument whatsoever between New Order and myself or Hooky and me."

Regarding the issues of conflict, Corbijn posted: "I am in control of 'Control' as any director worth his celluloid should be in charge of his film, but I am not telling the band that I moved to the UK for in 1979 how to write songs. Please. I wouldn't dare."

Corbijn said 'Control' would come out in September.


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 09th, 2007  


Hooky confirms for cancer gig

NEW Order's Peter Hook is the first artist confirmed for the Versus Cancer charity gig.

He played at last year's show alongside Doves, Badly Drawn Boy and Elbow.

More of the line-up for the March 30 show will be revealed over the next week before tickets go on sale on Friday.

Ex-Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke was inspired to arrange last year's gig after his manager's sister, Nina Rehman, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in October 2004.

She lost her battle with the disease in August and it's hoped this year's gig - being organised in her name - will raise 1m.


Peter, known as Hooky, said: "I remember being on stage for the finale last year, singing a Happy Monday's track with an array of top artists. You wouldn't see that anywhere else and I couldn't help but smile at how amazing it was."

Money raised last year helped to fund clinical trials at the Christie Hospital, in Withington, and a Manchester-based awareness campaign highlighting the importance of checking for signs of the disease. 

MORE  details see www.versuscancer.org or great www.northernaidtrust.com

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes)  January 09th, 2007  


New Order: We're not splitting up

RUMOURS of Mancunian pop legends New Order's demise may be somewhat premature, I am reliably informed.

While numerous websites have been screaming out loud that the band has decided to call it a day I have it on good authority that the band are actually about to embark on one of their busiest years for many a moon.

"It's the first I've heard of it," drummer Stephen Morris declares when I asked him about the split stories. "We've got an album to finish and a movie coming out this year."

There's also the small matter of the 30th anniversary of Joy Division - the band which spawned New Order following the untimely death of enigmatic lead singer Ian Curtis.

It is three decades ago this year that the youthful and energetic young band first hit the headlines and there's a lot planned to celebrate the event - not least a documentary-style movie about the legendary group made by acclaimed cinematographer Anton Corbin.


Stephen tells me: "Anton's film is called Control and is due out in February.

"It's been made in black and white and we are all going to the premiere in February in Berlin. We are really looking forward to it and we've already seen a cut of it."

"It's really good and should hopefully do very well," Stephen says.

The band's music - including the now iconic 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' is to be honoured with an album of cover versions by some of today's biggest pop names.

"The Killers have already done a version of Shadowplay for the album and there will be lots more great stuff on there hopefully," Stephen adds.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 09th, 2007  
A Message From Anton Corbijn!!! posted on www.myspace.com

well I am stunned and elated at the same time by the reactions I read on hooky's remarks. it is great to see that all of you are so passionate yourselves about the film. the very misleading headline "New Order have criticized the makers of Joy Division film 'Control' " has brought out the best in you all but please be aware that there is NO argument whatsoever between new order and myself or hooky and me. peter might have been in a bit of a mood when he said what he said and boy, does he know how to make headlines, but please don't be upset with either him or me for no reason. yes, I am in control of CONTROL as any director worth his celluloid should be in charge of his film but I am not telling the band, that I moved to the UK for in 1979, how to write songs. please.
I wouldn't dare. what we are doing is making some incidental music for particular parts of the film and yes, I am in the studio with the new order guys when they are doing this. new order saw a rough cut of the film prior to writing the score and THEY ALL LOVED IT which would be a much better headline ! CONTROL is a beautiful film for anyone who loves hooky, and beyond. the movie meanwhile looks set to come out in September 2007.


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