A Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller, Jon Savage's magisterial oral history is the last word on Joy Division.
Jon Savage is the author of England's Dreaming: Sex pistols and Punk Rock and Teenage: The Creation of Youth, 1875 - 1945. He has written sleevenotes for Wire, St. Etienne and the Pet Shop Boys, among others, and his compilations include: Meridian 1970 (Heavenly/EMI 2005); Queer Noises: From the Closest to the Charts 1961 - 1976 (Trikont 2006); and Dreams Come True: Classic Electro 1982-87 (Domino 2008). His most recent book is 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded.
"English music writer Savage turns his eye to one of the most
iconic bands of the post-punk era. More than a dozen observers,
including Joy Division members Peter Hook and Bernard Summer, tell
the story of Ian Curtis' short-lived but endlessly influential
band."--LA Times (Buzz-worthy Books to Look Forward To)
"As much as the story of this band has been pillaged, This Searing Light proves that there were still more Joy Division stories to be told." -- Popmatters
"These are some of the nearly 40 people from Joy Division's inner circle whose accounts Savage, who was also there at the time, has deftly woven into an almost detective-style MRI of the band and the forces and factors that formed it. Almost particle by particle, from descriptions of Manchester's industrial beginnings to the area's cultural void, Savage makes you understand that the members of Joy Division were driven to create something of immense beauty, as if there were no other choice." -- Los Angeles Times
"Fans of the band will delight in the intimacy of the many stories and anecdotes, some of which are being shared publicly for the first time.... This Searing Light, The Sun And Everything Else represents the consolidated authoritative history of this important band, and as such it may in fact prove to be the last word on the topic. For fans of Joy Division, and of punk, post-punk, and British music generally, this is a must read."--Brooklyn Rail
"Excellent ... it's the ultimate oral history of one of rock's most haunting legends"--Rolling Stone