Joy Division: Piece by Piece

Joy Division Piece by Piece Paul Morley knew Joy Division intimately He not only wrote extensively and evocatively of the mood atmosphere and ephemeral terror that enveloped the group and their doomed front man Ian Curtis but

  • Title: Joy Division: Piece by Piece
  • Author: Paul Morley
  • ISBN: 9780859654043
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
  • Paul Morley knew Joy Division intimately He not only wrote extensively and evocatively of the mood, atmosphere and ephemeral terror that enveloped the group and their doomed front man, Ian Curtis, but he was present when Curtis suffered his life changing epileptic seizure following a London concert in April 1980 and was the only journalist permitted to view Curtis corpPaul Morley knew Joy Division intimately He not only wrote extensively and evocatively of the mood, atmosphere and ephemeral terror that enveloped the group and their doomed front man, Ian Curtis, but he was present when Curtis suffered his life changing epileptic seizure following a London concert in April 1980 and was the only journalist permitted to view Curtis corpse Joy Division Piece By Piece encompasses his complete writings on the group, both contemporary and retrospective In addition to collecting all of Morley s classic works about the band, the book includes his eloquent Ian Curtis obituary and hindsight pieces on the group s significance, framed by an extensive retrospective essay, as well as his reviews of the films 24 Hour Party People and Control Morley, who emerged from Manchester at the same time as Joy Division, effortlessly evokes that city s zeitgeist and psycho geography to tell the story of this uniquely intense group.

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    About "Paul Morley"

    1. Paul Morley

      Paul Morley is an English journalist who wrote for the New Musical Express from 1977 to 1983, during one of its most successful periods, and has since written for a wide range of publications He has also has been a band manager and promoter, as well as a television presenter.

    484 thoughts on “Joy Division: Piece by Piece”

    1. Paul Morley, primed for fame by Tony Wilson, present at a private viewing of Ian Curtis’s corpse, was the one rock critic fated to write the definitive Joy Division book. As it happened, Morley fled to London, moved into the world of art-pop management, and kept his fascination with the band at the back of his mind for years, until his powerful memoir Nothing—an account of his father’s suicide refracted through Ian Curtis’s. In the end, Morley’s Great Book on Joy Division is this patch [...]


    2. Sometimes it's hardest to write about the things you love best. Joy Division, for me, is one of those things - 'ground zero' in my comprehension of rock music and the most life-changing band ever, comparable to Kubrick's Clockwork Orange or Borges' Labyrinths as an artistic epiphany. I will never get over this band. 23 years ago I first saw them (via late-night Australian TV) doing 'Transmission' in Manchester's BBC studios and I still remember my mounting shock as the footage unfolded: the rawn [...]


    3. The beauty and power of pop music is that it says so much with so little in a way that everyone in the world can understand and relate to. Morley's writing is the opposite: he says so little with so much and deliberately attempts to speak over people's heads in a way that - I have to think - is done in an insecure attempt to prove his own intellectual superiority. And don't get me wrong - Morley is clearly a smart guy - but his writing has virtually no substance to it whatsoever. It's all wordpl [...]


    4. In a sense this is the book about Joy Division that everyone was waiting for. Paul Morley had been their chronicler since the earliest of early days, back up North in wet, miserable mid-70's Manchester when they had almost been called Stiff Kittens but ended up being Warsaw before they became Joy Division. He was there at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in 1976 when the Sex Pistols played there and set in motion the chain of events that would lead various members of that audience to bend the world ar [...]


    5. PersistentdaciousunafraidPaul Morley writes about Joy Division sometimes it seems all he's ever written about is Joy Divisionwell that and propaganda for Frankie Goes To Hollywood and the Art of Noise. This collection does nothing to dispell that notion. Its an odd project really a collection of old writings by one man about one bandesumably of interest only to fans who know the story only to well so why do it?Because Morley's writings on Joy Division over thirty years become something other tha [...]


    6. I guess if I wanted to plow through this it might've gotten better, but the beginning is more about the Buzzcocks than Joy Division. Why include that stuff? Also, this guy is pretentious and he writes just like most rock writers, in a style that tries to show more how much he knows and how well he thinks he writes than in a way that actually illuminates anything of substance.



    7. Just re-read this in my current Joy Division/New Order binge. pretty good and at least Morley was there and was at times actively hated by Joy Division.


    8. The beauty and power of pop music is that it says so much with so little in a way that everyone in the world can understand and relate to. Morley's writing is the opposite: he says so little with so much and deliberately attempts to speak over people's heads in a way that - I have to think - is done in an insecure attempt to prove his own intellectual superiority. And don't get me wrong - Morley is clearly a smart guy - but his writing has virtually no substance to it whatsoever. It's all wordpl [...]


    9. Paul Morley wrote a zine in Manchester in the mid 1970's called "Out There", focusing on the burgeoning punk movement taking place in exotic locales such as New York and London.A zine is a primitive form of a blog.Local television celebrity/wanker/visionary Tony Wilson introduced himself to Morley, praising the zine, anointing Morley as the voice of the movement.Morley would later discover that it was Wilson's friend/partner in disruption Alan Erasmus who had discovered "Out There".On 4 June 197 [...]


    10. Whenever I read a bio about a band, I like to listen to the music to set the mood. It serves the function of pulling me more completely into the story I’m reading. However, due to recent events in my life, I found listening to Joy Division incredibly difficult. So many times, since discovering their music sixteen years ago, they have been the soundtrack to my despair. And the reason for this, I think, is summed up rather nicely by Morley. “And so their music is about, finally, isolation. It [...]


    11. It was somewhat startling, but not really surprising that even though as far I can recall I had never previously read anything by Morley, my writing style is kind of similar to his. Not quite so post-modern. But the use of paired adjectives, the overreliance on the conjunction 'and' and sentences that begin with conjunctions, the slightly off verbs, the circling around a subject, the repetition, and perhaps most of all the lapses into the mystical and gnomic followed by undermining those effects [...]


    12. Started strong . got bit dry . then finished strong. Enjoy as title suggests how fragmented and meaning different things Joy Division as group portray. How their live/death performances had a ferocious intensity that were channeled by Martin Zero into spaced out existential isolation on record. Ian was a confused and troubled and sick bastard that Hookie and Bernard and Stephen wanted to be blokes wit and conquer the world. Being just anutha Warsaw punk group and fade into obscurity was not en [...]


    13. Paradoxes, paradoxes, paradoxes. Intriguing at first, but an easily exhausted trick when reading 50 pages at a time for a class. I imagine Morley's writing is much more digestible when actually read 'piece by piece' as designated in the title. Despite that, there were a lot of insightful gems. Although I reveled in the insider knowledge about Joy Division, I mostly enjoyed reading Morley's personal reflections about coming into his own as a writer and how Joy Division inspired and propelled this [...]


    14. What if the pistols came to Jakarta?a 'not so brief', fictional cum realistic, description of early manchester post punk scene history that is a bit elusive and close, unbelievable but factual, leading to the birth of warsaw, Joy Division, and the end of it, affixed (and linked) with Paul's story of his father's death. i don't want to spoil the party any further because i don't have any capabilities of doing it.


    15. Interesting perspective on the Manchester scene. A bit too much about the author and lots of repetition, but unusual approach to an outrageous time. If you don't know the names from the English punk and post-punk scene, if you haven't watched the Joy Division documentary or 24 Hour Party People, you're going to miss a lot of reference. Still - Lightning in a bottle.




    16. Morley is one of the best rock journalists I've read, and this is his flagship. Incredibly comprehensive, and due to this might be a tough read for anyone who isn't a huge JD fan.


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