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.