Ian Curtis

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Bernard Sumner: ‘I was 17 and worked in a general office, thinking, ‘Jesus, to quote a Peggy Lee song, is this all there is?’. Photograph: Warren Jackson

It’s been a disappointing summer, but the sun is shining and New Order are back in town. Speaking of sunshine, their singer, Bernard Sumner, in his 20(...)

This live recording of the band’s performance on Stage 1 of Manchester’s Old Granada Studios for the Manchester International Festival in July 2017 (a(...)

Wild garlic: get it now, before it’s gone. Photograph: iStock

If love will tear us apart, as Ian Curtis of Joy Division sang in 1980, what will bring us together? This is a time of food turbulence, in terms of cl(...)

Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks in 1978. Photograph: Chris Gabrin/Redferns Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks in 1978. Photograph: Chris Gabrin/Redferns

In January 1977 a young punk band called Buzzcocks walked into the Manchester branch of Virgin with a box of singles they wanted to sell. They had set(...)

Kate Bush: treasure trove of lyrics. Photograph: AFP/ FIsh People/Trevor Leighton

She is famous for incorporating the work of Emily Brontë, James Joyce and Grimm’s fairytales into her work: now Kate Bush will publish her first book,(...)

True faith: the new-look New Order. Photograph: Andrew Benge/Redferns/Getty

Given their past it may not be a surprise that New Order’s recent history has been an eventful one. The alt-electro pioneers return to Electric Picnic(...)

M Train by Patti Smith is neither memoir nor autobiography, but an Orient Express ride through Smith’s thoughts, ideas, dreams and preoccupations, stopping off at some offbeat places along the way. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Punk-poet and rock icon Patti Smith doesn’t think like the rest of us. Though she seems to spend much of her time alone, her headspace is peop(...)

Manchester post-punk band Joy Division are the subject of a two-day international symposium at the University of Limerick. Above is the cover of their album Closer.

Manchester post-punk band Joy Division are the subject of a two-day international symposium taking place at the University of Limerick. Delegates hav(...)

Bernard Sumner of New Order.  Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA

Back in the early 1980s New Order lost money on every copy of Blue Monday that they sold. “Only for the first 250,000 copies,” Bernard Sumner says. He(...)