Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures

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33 1/3 is a new series of short books about critically acclaimed and much-loved albums of the last 40 years. Focusing on one album rather than an artist's entire output, the books dispense with the standard biographical background that fans know already, and cut to the heart of the music on each album. The authors provide fresh, original perspectives - often through their access to and relationships with the key figures involved in the recording of these albums. By turns obsessive, passionate, creative, and informed, the books in this series demonstrate many different ways of writing about music. (A task which can be, as Elvis Costello famously observed, as tricky as dancing about architecture.) What binds this series together, and what brings it to life, is that all of the authors - musicians, scholars, and writers - are deeply in love with the album they have chosen.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 128 x 178 x 13mm | 136g
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0826415490
  • 9780826415493
  • 216,184

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Chris Ott writes about the record with a chilly elegance that evokes the austerity of the music itself. The Boston Phoenix, 7/8/04--Mike Miliard "New fans will find it to be a useful introduction to the band as it details their story from the very beginning to the tragic end. Even the more dedicated fan might be interested in reading another person's opinions about the different songs, the importance of JD's music, and why the band still plays an important role in the history of alternative music." -Joy Division website, 5/24/04 Compelling and so despairing that at one point I had to stop reading it for a bit. Alternative Weekly, 6/10/04 Joy Division s gestation period is competently recounted in the narrative and each important individual is dealt with fairly. Including Hannett and Wilson. Ott s approach and reaction to his subject is commendably unflinching. Well written. Jason Dropor, Record Collector, October 2004--Jason Dropor "Once Ott forgoes the facts and gives in to his passion, he brings the reader closer to the band's 'unparalleled gravity and grandeur.'" San Francisco Bay Guardian, 5/19/04 "Throwing format to the wind, "Pleasures" goes to town on the ban's entire oeuvre. Ott is admiring, but his love for the group doesn't keep him from letting them look the fool when appropriate and it's his way into the head of bandleader Ian Curtis, who might have survifed his all-great-artists-die-young illusions if some concrete afflictions (epilepsy and the drugs required to tame it, for instance) didn't piggyback onto the ones he invented for himself. A-" Austin American-Statesman, 10/17/04 "Though the recording of the album is naturally the centerpiece of the book, (Ott) delves enough into the evolution of the band and background events leading up to the recording of said album (as well as certain post-album events leading up to Ian's suicide) to properly provide context for said rekkid .you don't have to be a regular gear-rag reader to understand what he's talking about .overall recommended." David Hill, Shredded Paper Magazine, Fall 2004 issue
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About Chris Ott

Chris Ott tells the remarkable story of how Joy Division's debut album was made, and examines the legacy of this short lived band.
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