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Jon Savage Faber & Faber
This Searing Light, The Sun & Everything Else - Joy Division: The Oral History
Released: 26th April 2019
Jon Savage will be at Mono on the 24th of April for a Q&A about the book. Tickets are available as a bundle with the book or without. Please note: we won't be issuing physical tickets for this event, please just take a note of your order number.
Jon Savage's magisterial oral history is the last word on Joy
Division and a must-read for any fan.
Joy Division emerged in the mid-70s at the start of a two-decades long Manchester
scene that was to become much mythologised. It was then a city still labouring in the
wake of the war and entering a phase of huge social and physical change, and
something of this spirit made its way into the DNA of the band. Over the course of
two albums, a handful of other seminal releases, and some legendary gigs, Joy
Division became the most successful and exciting underground band of their
generation. Then, on the brink of a tour to America, Ian Curtis took his own life.
In This searing light, the sun and everything else, Jon Savage has assembled three
decades worth of interviews with the principle players in the Joy Division story:
Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Deborah Curtis, Peter Saville, Tony
Wilson, Paul Morley, Alan Hempsall, Lesley Gilbert, Terry Mason, Anik Honoré,
and many more. It is the story of how a band resurrected a city, how they came
together in circumstances that are both accidental and extraordinary, and how their
music galvanised a generation of fans, artists and musicians. It is a classic story of
how young men armed with electric guitars and good taste in literature can change
the world with four chords and three-and-a-half minutes of music. And it is the story
of how illness and demons can rob the world of a shamanic lead singer and visionary
'This searing light, the sun and everything else' presents the history of Joy Division
in an intimate and candid way, as orchestrated by the lodestar of British music
writing, Jon Savage.