Led by the iconic Ian Curtis, Joy Division remains one of the most influential bands to emerge in the British Post-Punk Scene. In spite of Joy Division’s relatively short existence, their unique sound and distinct iconography have had a lasting impact on music fans and performers alike. This book disassembles the band’s contribution to rock music.
Based on up-to-date original research, Heart And Soul brings together established and newly emerging scholars who provide detailed examinations the many layers of this multi-faceted and influential band and their singer, the late Ian Curtis, in particular. Given Joy Division’s complexities, the book draws upon a wide range of academic disciplines and approaches in order to make sense of this influential band.
List of Figures and Tables / Foreword / Introduction: This Is the Way, Step Inside: Understanding
Joy Division, Martin J. Power, Aileen Dillane and Eoin Devereux / PART 1: DEAD SOULS: HAUNTOLOGY AND FAUSTIANCONTRACTS / 1 Missions of Dead Souls: A Hauntology of the Industrialism, Modernism and Esotericism in the Music of Joy Division, Michael Goddard / 2 Tony Wilson’s Bloody Contract: A Re-enactment of the Faustian Bargain, Dan Jacobson and Ian Jeffrey / PART 2: BALLARD, BURROUGHS, DOSTOEVSKY AND GOGOL: LITERARY (AND VISUAL)INFLUENCES ON JOY DIVISION / 3 Trying to Find a Clue, Trying to Find a Way to Get Out! The European Imaginary of Joy Division, Giacomo Bottà / 4 Literary Influences on Joy Division: J. G. Ballard, Franz Kafka, Dostoevsky, Sara Martinez / 5 ‘Possessed by a Fury That Burns from Inside’: On Ian Curtis’s Lyrics, Uwe Schütte / PART 3: JOY DIVISION AND MENTAL HEALTH / 6 In a Lonely Place: Illness and the Temporal Exile of Ian Curtis, Tiffany Naiman / 7 ‘Communication Breakdown: Inarticulacy and the Significance of “Transmission”, J. Rubén Valdés Miyares / 8 This Is the Crisis I Knew Had to Come: Revisiting Ian Curtis’s Suicide, Eoin Devereux, David Meagher and Walter Cullen / PART 4: INTERZONE: SOUNDS, IMAGES AND STYLE / 9 Joy Division in Space: The Aesthetics of Estrangement, Robin Parmar / 10 Manchester, Martin Hannett and Joy Division’s Pungent Architecture, John S. Greenwood and Paul Tarpey / 11 Nothing Here Now but the Recordings: The Moving Image Record of Joy Division and the Factory Video Unit, Nick Cope / PART 5: CULTURAL LEGACIES / 12 Mining for Counterculture, Colin Malcolm / 13 ‘I Hung Around in Your Soundtrack’: Affinities with Joy Division among Contemporary Iranian Musicians, Gay Jennifer Breyley / 14 As If It Never Happened: The Posteconomy of Joy Division and Ian Curtis, Jennifer Otter Bickerdike / PART 6: TEMPTATION, TRANSMISSIONAND TRANSITIONS / 15 Things That Aren’t There: Spectral Presences in Musical Absences – The Transition from Joy Division to New Order, Kieran Cashell / Discography/Filmography / Bibliography / Contributor Biographies
This stunning collection provides essential insights into a lesser known, yet highly significant segment of British popular and post punk music history. With keywords like hauntology and psychogeography the book is a treasure trove full of amazing and inspiring perspectives, ranging from the socio-political history of 1970s Britain and the Manchester soundscape to the medical analysis of suicide and epilepsy treatment.
Heart and Soul takes you on an intimate and critical journey inside and outside Joy Division and is groundbreaking in its sensitivity, insight and sheer voluptuousness. The volume offers a cascade of interdisciplinary approaches focusing on the public and personal nature of the suicide of Ian Curtis, and how it shaped the band both before and after that iconic tragedy and their subsequent metamorphosis into New Order. This book will not offer redemption but a creative recovery of a very human story with energy.
This vibrant, provocative and essential book presents 15 new perspectives on Joy Division and 21st-century life. Punkishly challenging many familiar assumptions about Joy Division and their mythology, Heart and Soul brings together an international range of scholars, artists and musicians to inspire fresh ways of listening to (and thinking about) one of Europe’s most enduringly influential bands.
These essays ripple together like radio waves. They invite ghosts like a family tomb. Their sensitivity to time and place clears the cloud of myth. Their imaginative depth and varied approaches to Joy Division open up the sounds, visions and feelings that continue to resonate so powerfully.