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Lost Years in Original Modernity? On Listening to New Order's Lost Sirens

Steve Redhead, Rock's Backpages, March 2013

THIRTY SEVEN Year Party People! Since Ian Curtis, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook began playing regularly as Joy Division in 1978, that's effectively 29 years up to May 2007 when the Curtis-less New Order officially ended their reign in the rainy city when Peter Hook walked away, though not in silence. And Tony Wilson died. 29 years since the beginning with Hooky and Bernard its longest-serving artists; if you take the first Sex Pistols gig, which Hook and Sumner attended along with Pete Shelley, Howard Devoto and all the other "Manchesterati", at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester in June 1976 as the point of origin and take it up to today it is actually 37.

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