Original album design by Peter Saville (1979)
Joy Division formed in Salford, Greater Manchester in 1976 during the first wave of punk rock. Friends Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook formed the band after attending a Sex Pistols concert. With Sumer on guitar and Hook on bass, the duo filled out the group with vocalist Ian Curtis, and drummer Stephen Morris. At the time the band was called “Warsaw” – however to avoid confusion with the London punk band Warsaw Pakt, they renamed themselves Joy Division in late 1977.
In the late 70’s, an English art director and graphic designer named Peter Saville was coming into fame after designing posters for Manchester’s Factory Club. Drummer, Stephen Morris, approached Saville with the idea for the album design, which is based on an image of radio waves from pulsar CP 1919, from The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy. Saville reversed the image and printed it on textured card for the original version of the album.
Susie Goldring, from BBC Online said, “The duochrome Peter Saville cover of this first Joy Division album speaks volumes. Its white on black lines reflect a pulse of power, a surge of bass, and raw angst. If the cover doesn’t draw you in, the music will.”
Since its release, Unknown Pleasures has received a number of accolades from the music press. Describing the album as “punk on the edge of goth, with echoes of disco and the Doors,” Rolling Stone ranked the album at number 24 in its list of the “50 Coolest Records.” (source: Wikipedia)
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