In an effort to expand our horizons and turn you on to some really cool new books concerning music, this is The Book Report, an ongoing series from guest contributor Christopher Ambrose. Read his recent overview of Black Dog Publishing here.
Text by: Christopher Ambrose for The Sky Report
Kevin Cummins recently released monograph Joy Division is an affecting and intimate look into and around the legendary band through equally iconic images. Originally on assignment from NME, Cummins was there from the beginning of the band to the tragic end, capturing for eternity the stage performances, warehouse rehearsals, and candid shots of the band shivering in the atmosphere of Manchester. In addition to the photographs, the book opens with pages of salvaged ephemera like ticket stubs, concert posters, photos of Ian’s handwritten lyrics and Stephen Morris’s drum machine… All further proof that the myth was once real. The book itself is beautifully designed and a satisfying frame for the contents, from its odd off-orange cover color through the matte pages of text and the glossy pages of photos… You value it as preciously as you would the Factory vinyl pressings of the music. If you are a fan you need to have this book, it’s as elementary as that.
And for those wanting to look deeper into Manchester and the lens of Cummings, he is also the photographer behind the nearly essential The Smiths and Beyond, which shows Morrissey and his mates in all their lyrical innocence and Manchester: Looking for the Light Through the Pouring Rain which follows this Manchester attitude into the following generation of bands like The Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, Oasis and beyond.
Photographs and Preface by Kevin Cummins
Foreward by Jay McInerney
Interview with Bernard Sumner
Published by Rizzoli