10 Jun 2007
Now we are fifty 
On 28 October 2007, BBC Radio 4's Today programme will be 50 years old. As part of their birthday celebrations they've been interviewing people who were born on the day the programme was first broadcast.

Oddly enough, one of the eminent members of the 'Today Generation', is New Order's Stephen Morris.

He spoke to reporter Polly Billington on the programme which went out last Tuesday 5 June. You can listen again until this coming Tuesday. As well as covering the Joy Division and New Order years he describes his early childhood.

Thanks to Neil for spotting.

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"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.

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