Forty years after Joy Division’s seminal debut album, Jon Savage’s oral history, extracted below, sheds new
light on the band and the city that shaped them

Read a Q&A with Jon Savage

Bernard Sumner (Joy Division): I felt that even though we were expecting this music to come out of thin air, we never, any of us, were interested in the money it might make us. We just wanted to make something that was beautiful to listen to and stirred our emotions. We weren’t interested in a career or any of that. We never planned one single day.

Peter Hook (Joy Division): Ian was the instigator. We used to call him the Spotter.

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