28 Apr 2006
Torn Apart: The Life of Ian Curtis - out 30 April 
'Torn Apart', the long-awaited book by Mick Middles and Lindsay Read about the life of Ian Curtis is published in hardback on 30 April. The 400 page book is published by Omnibus Press and examines "his life, his work, his relationships and the cultural environment in which he lived and died".

ISBN: 1844498263
Buy it now from Amazon.co.uk

Sticking with Joy Division, Jake Kennedy's book 'Joy Division and the making of Unknown Pleasures' is currently on sale at Fopp for a miserly 2.99 GBP. The book tells the story of the making of Joy Division's debut album and is #9 in the Vinyl Frontier series.

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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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