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New Order And Joy Division Podcast Announced

New Order and Joy Division's story is being told on the new podcast series 'Transmissions: The Definitive Story'.Kicking off on October 29, the eight-parter will feature insight from band members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian...

Brandon Flowers Recalls 'Profound Impact' Ian Curtis' Music Had On Him

Brandon Flowers paid a touching tribute to late Joy Division legend Ian Curtis during the 'Moving Through The Silence: Celebrating The Life and Legacy of Ian Curtis' live-stream on Monday night (18.05.20).The Killers frontman joined...

Bernard Sumner Hates Life In Lockdown

Bernard Sumner admits the coronavirus lockdown is ''doing [his] f***ing nut in''.The 64-year-old music star loves travel and sailing - but he's been blocked from using his new boat by the Welsh government because of...

Peter Hook Set To Stream Gig In Tribute To Ian Curtis

Peter Hook is set to stream a gig in which he played every Joy Division song with his band The Light in tribute to Ian Curtis.The 64-year-old star - who co-founded the iconic rock group...

Brandon Flowers Joins Ian Curtis Tribute

Brandon Flowers and Elbow will join surviving members of Joy Division in an event to mark the 40th anniversary of Ian Curtis' death.Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris will open up about their memories of their...

Peter Hook Recalls Trying To Rip Off Kraftwerk In Tribute To The Late Florian Schneider

Peter Hook has paid tribute to the late Florian Schneider and revealed Joy Division and New Order were ''very tied'' to Kraftwerk.The 64-year-old musician - who co-founded the legendary rock groups - was devastated by...

Seven Greatest British Music Films Of All Time

There's going to be a lot of movie nights over the coming weeks as the majority of us find ourselves lawfully confined to our homes. But with lists like this, we doubt you'll find too...

Stay In And Rock Out: A Playlist To Get You Through Quarantine

You're probably stuck at home with little to do, no gigs to go to and no parties to attend, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun. We've put together a completely inappropriate playlist of...

World Goth Day: Your Ultimate Dark Wave Playlist

World Goth Day is a time to celebrate one of the most iconic music genre movements (and indeed fashion aesthetics) of the 20th century; a movement succeeding the rebellious punk scene, and one that incorporated...

From Love & Mercy To Sid & Nancy: 7 Best Musical Biopics Of All Time

Here at Contactmusic, we can't get enough of a good musical biopic whether it's 'The Runaways', 'The Doors' or 'Nowhere Boy' - the list is endless. There are only a handful, however, that make for...

'Yesterday' Meets 'Gloomy Sunday': 15 Classic Tunes That Will Make You Cry

It's an interesting facet of the human condition that we can find beauty and, in some cases, solace in misery and heartbreak. Indeed, musicians have been doing it for years and made a lot of...

Album Of The Week: The Legacy Of Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures'

It was on this day (June 15th) in 1979 that Joy Division unveiled their iconic debut album 'Unknown Pleasures' via Factory Records; an album that would go on to inspire thousands of musicians, and one...

Bernard Sumner Was In Denial Over Ian Curtis' Illness

The Love Will Tear Us Apart hitmakers came to an end in 1980 following Curtis' suicide that year, and the remaining members went on to achieve huge global success as New Order....

New Order Album To Feature Guest Stars Including Brandon Flowers

As well as announcing a short UK tour this autumn, the returning indie veterans New Order have revealed that their upcoming album will feature a number of guest stars from musical past and present.Music Complete,...

Peter Hook Staging Special Ian Curtis Anniversary Show

Curtis committed suicide on 18 May, 1980 and instead of mourn the loss of his friend, Hook wants to celebrate his life 35 years to the day with a special charity gig with...

Peter Hook Backs Ian Curtis House Campaign

Fans of the iconic band recently launched a fundraising drive to buy the home where Curtis committed suicide in 1980 after it went on the market for $184,000 (£115,000). The campaign on...

New Order Announces First Album In Ten Years

They’re the band that simply refused to die. Surviving inter-band disputes and departures, the death of singer Ian Curtis and any amount of hiatuses, British post-punk survivors New Order have announced plans for their first...

Peter Hook Blasts New Order For Setting Up Joy Division Twitter

Peter Hook, the original bass player with Joy Division, has blasted New Order for setting up an official Twitter page for the legendary group without his input. Depressingly, the Joy Division page was set up...

Ian Curtis' Muse Dead At 56

Annik Honore, the girlfriend of tragic Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, has died after a long illness, according to French reports.Curtis' former bandmate Peter Hook also announced the sad news during a concert in Nottingham,...

Iggy Pop Plays Joy Division Classics With New Order At Tibet Concert

Iggy Pop was backed by New Order for a rendition of classic Joy Division tracks including Love Will Tear Us Apart at the 24th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert at New York's Carnegie Hall...

Blondie To Receive Nme Godlike Genius Award

Blondie are set to receive the NME Godlike Genius Award. The 'One Way Or Another' hitmakers will be recognised for their musical genius at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas on Wednesday, February...

Joy Division Slam Sale Of Ian Curtis Kitchen Table

Rockers Joy Division have criticised the "distasteful" sale of a table from the kitchen where the band's tragic singer Ian Curtis hanged himself in 1980.The wooden table is going under the hammer on eBay.com, but...

Rare Joy Division And New Order Tapes Up For Sale

A treasure trove of unfinished music by British rock groups Joy Division and New Order is up for sale as the woman who found the tapes in the trash is concerned over their potential deterioration.Julia...

Blur Rock Olympics Closing Concert

Blur headlined the Olympics closing ceremony concert in London's Hyde Park with a mammoth set last night (13.08.12).The Britpop legends performed some of their biggest hits for the sell-out crowd, including 'Girls & Boys', 'Country...

Fans Remember Ian Curtis, 32 Years On

Fans have paid tribute to Joy Division's Ian Curtis, who died 32 years ago today (18.05.12).Lovers of the post-punk British band have taken to twitter to remember the singer, who committed suicide on May 18...

Peter Hook Brands 'Unheard Song' A Hoax

British rocker Peter Hook has blasted reports an unreleased track by his former band Joy Division has been unearthed, branding the song a hoax.Earlier this week (beg27Feb12), rumours circulated online that a previously unheard tune...

Jamie Oliver Discovers Joy Division Master Tapes In Basement

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has uncovered 1 million pounds worth of jewellery, a gun, and perhaps most interestingly for music fans - some original Joy Division master tapes, in the basement of his new restaurant....

Peter Hook Writing Joy Division Book

British rocker Peter Hook is writing a book about his time in Joy Division to help him come to terms with frontman Ian Curtis' death.Inside Joy Division will chronicle Hook's career and relationship with troubled...

Peter Hook Gives His Approval To Disney's Joy Division Shirt

Peter Hook is bemused by Disney's new Joy Division-inspired T-shirt, insisting he "can appreciate the irony" after years of avoiding overt promotion as a young rocker.Fans were outraged after Disney bosses began selling the garment,...

Peter Hook To Perform Joy Division's First And Last Albums On Americas Tour

Rocker Peter Hook and his new band The Light will perform his former group Joy Division's iconic albums Closer and Unknown Pleasures in their entirety at a series of concerts later this month (Sep11).The tour...

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