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This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else

This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else

ISBN
9780571350636
Published
02/04/2020
9780571350636
Format
Paperback
Price
£12.99
Paperback
336

About the Book

The SUNDAY TIMES Top Ten Bestseller
#1 Book of the Year, UNCUT
#1 Book of the Year, ROUGH TRADE
Book of the Year, MOJO

Over the course of two albums and some legendary gigs, Joy Division became the most successful and exciting underground band of their generation. Then, on the brink of a tour to America, Ian Curtis took his own life.

In This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else, Jon Savage has assembled three decades’ worth of interviews with the principal players in the Joy Division story to create an intimate, candid and definitive account of the band. It is the story of how a group of young men can galvanise a generation of fans, artists and musicians with four chords and three-and-a-half minutes of music. And it is the story of how illness and inner demons can rob the world of a shamanic lead singer and visionary lyricist.

The SUNDAY TIMES Top Ten Bestseller#1 Book of the Year, UNCUT#1 Book of the Year, ROUGH TRADEBook of the Year, MOJOOver the course of two albums and some legendary gigs, Joy Division became the most successful and exciting underground band of their generation. Then, on the brink of a tour to America, Ian Curtis took his own life.In This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else, Jon Savage has assembled three decades’ worth of interviews with the principal players in the Joy Division story to create an intimate, candid and definitive account of the band. It is the story of how a group of young men can galvanise a generation of fans, artists and musicians with four chords and three-and-a-half minutes of music. And it is the story of how illness and inner demons can rob the world of a shamanic lead singer and visionary lyricist.
  • Jon Savage

    Jon Savage is the author of England's Dreaming: Sex pistols and Punk Rock and Teenage: The Creation of Youth, 1875 - 1945. He has written sleevesnotes for Wire, St. Etienne and the Pet Shop Boys, among others, and his compilations include: Meridian 1970 (Heavenly/EMI 2005); Queer Noises: From the Closest to the Charts 1961 - 1976 (Trikont 2006); and Dreams Come True: Classic Electro 1982-87 (Domino 2008).

“Not only adds eye-witness intensity but brilliantly weaves together a parallel narrative in which a rubble-strewn, late '70s Manchester was revitalised by its discontented youth, with a little help from Factory impresario Tony Wilson. And even as the shadow of Curtis's personal tragedy deepens, Savage never loses sight of the band's rapid evolution as together they discovered a sound the would change modern music.”
- Q 4****
“Savage is one of the best, and most renowned music journalists this country has ever produced [This Searing Light, The Sun and Everything Else is] not just about a band, but a portrait of a city, and of four young men discovering their own talent, and finding acclamation and success; and one of them unable to cope with it. It’s extraordinary.”
- Nicholas Lezard

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