Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division and Me

Bernard Sumner artfully describes where the music of Joy Division came from; distilled to a single cold, bleak, industrial Manchester night.

Excerpted from Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division and Me​ ​by Bernard Sumner. Copyright © 2015 by the author and reprinted by permission of Thomas Dunne Books, and imprint of St. Martin’s Press LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reprinted, reproduced, posted on another website or distributed by any means without the written permission of the publisher.

Los Angeles produced the Beach Boys. Dusseldorf produced Kraftwerk. New York produced Chic. Manchester produced Joy Division.

The Beach Boys’ harmonies were full of warmth and sunshine, Kraftwerk’s groundbreaking electronic pop was suffused with Germany’s post-war economic and technological resurgence while Chic’s music thrummed with the joyous hedonism of late seventies New York.

Joy Division sounded like Manchester: cold, sparse and, at times, bleak.