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Peter Hook Interview: “I’ve managed to take Joy Division all round the world”

I’m desperate to do a book that has a happy ending and I’m hoping that I don’t have to resort to fiction. So I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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Stephen Morris interview: “We didn’t want to be Joy Division anymore, but we didn’t know anything else”

There aren’t even many colour pictures of Ian, they’re all black and white. Which is kind of how I’ve begun to remember it.

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Eric’s – a personal journey through Liverpool’s original punk club

At the tender age of 16 and in one single afternoon, we had been to a punk club, seen Joy Division and got an autograph from a Sex Pistol. How could we not fall in love with this wonderful place?!

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Syd Barrett – Remember When You Were Young, You Shone Like the Sun

Sometimes, Barrett was simply not able to function as a live musician, to the extent of being unable to even hold a plectrum.

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Dave Haslam Interview: “There is a redemptive power in music”

“We’re not a religious people really, but that doesn’t stop us being spiritual or wanting to enjoy and be overwhelmed by communal experience”

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“The tyranny of collecting” – why I gave away my entire record collection

I still listen to as much music as I ever have. And that, when all is said and done, is what’s important. It’s not the collecting, cataloging or storing, it is the listening that is the most crucial part of being a music fan.

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Babybird’s Stephen Jones interview: “I am trying to look for the meaning of life but you’re never going to find it”

Once you’ve had a gold album and this massive peak, there was nowhere else to go really. I was never interested in keeping that going, I didn’t like that period of time. It was nice for a while but you can only fall down the other side of the hill

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Scott Walker’s Fire Escape in the Sky: “A voice that could inhabit a room.”

ire Escape In The Sky: The Godlike Genius Of Scott Walker was our coal fire. Our central heating. Our hot bath. We immersed ourselves in its otherworldly beauty every single night.

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The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet 50 years on: the first injection of cool

The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet turned 50 years old in 2018 and we celebrated a cataclysmic moment in rock and roll as we know it.

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Iggy Pop at Liverpool Eric’s: Shock was part of the currency of the early punks and, in Iggy, they had inspiration of sorts

It was a genuine anyone-who-was-anyone-was -there-where-were-you-sucker type of gigs, one of those incredible moments that, even as you were watching it you knew it was never going to truly leave you.

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Wayne Hussey Interview: ” still get a big kick out of making records and writing songs. When it kicks into place there’s nothing quite like it”

I think with us, my boredom threshold is very low, so I like to make records that challenge me as well as challenge the audience