Paul Morley Joy Division: Piece by Piece

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Joy Division: Piece by Piece

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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’ 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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Paul Morley wrote for the NME from 1977 to 1983 when the magazine was at its most successful and notorious. He wrote for the first few issues of The Face, was a regular contributor to Blitz, and was one of the first presenters of The Late Show. He currently writes for Arena, Esquire, The Sunday Telegraph and contributes to numerous TV and radio programs.

His previous books include Nothing, which was published to great acclaim in 2000 and Words and Music: A History of Pop in the Shape of a City, described by the Guardian's reviewer as 'the best book about pop I had ever read'.

Morley is the man who knew Joy Division best — he was the only journalist permitted to view Curtis' corpse, was present when Curtis suffered his life-changing epileptic seizure following a London concert in April 1980, and wrote extensively and evocatively of the 'mood, atmosphere and ephemeral terror' that enveloped this unique group and their doomed front man.

These are his complete writings on Joy Division, both contemporary and retrospective. As he says, 'the more that time moves on, the more I have to say about them'.

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"This collection tells not only the extraordinary tale of Joy Division and Factory, but also the story of Morley himself... essential reading." Word

"[Morley's] engagement and insight are unmatched... If you fancy a sometimes inspirational, sometimes maddening labyrinth of ideas... well, this is the way, step inside." Q magazine

"Joy Division: Piece by Piece offers a fascinating insight into what it feels like to have a rock legend crystallise inside your own head... A remarkable achievement." Ben Thompson, The Independent on Sunday

It’s almost always brilliant. It’s everything that good rock writing should be: unfolding, examining and always straining to find a glimpse of the magic.” Mick Middles, Record Collector magazine

"Another book about Joy Division? No, THE book. One engages here with a master of his craft, unafraid to surrender control to the reader wise enough to know that all writing, however lapidary it may seem, is provisional." Matthew d’ Ancona, The Spectator

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