This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else: Joy Division, The Oral History by Jon Savage / ISBN 9780571350636 / 322-page paperback from Faber
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.
#1 Book of the Year, Rough Trade
Book of the Year, MOJO