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.
"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," said Nabeel Zuberi, Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Auckland.
The Foreword by Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) and the Introduction to the book are available to read here.