Posted by:on March 18th, 2014
The two works are Unknown Pleasures and Closer. And that’s it. Everything else, is merchandising. Merchandising of memory.
Chances are,if you see anything with the name Joy Division on it that isn’t music, a book or a movie, it’s a bootleg. The quote above is from the 2007 documentary Joy Division which you can (and should) watch for free on Hulu, at least for now. The quote appears in the last few minutes of the film and the speaker is off camera so I’m not sure who it is. The image of a Joy Division inspired skateboard is superimposed over a famous band photo for a few brief seconds during the quote, which I thought was an unusual choice. It could have been used as commentary on Joy Division’s cultural appeal spanning the decades from the 70’s to the new millennium, implying the music is still modern. They might have chosen a skateboard because it looked more interesting than a bootleg t-shirt. Then again, maybe the skateboard in question was designed by an astronomy fan.
REVISION: The Hacienda sells licensed Joy Division coffee cups. Err… right.
Link to Pocket Pistols Pedro Barros Unknown Pleasures graphic mentioned int he comments.
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