Stephen Morris in Conversation with Dave Haslam Joy Division and successor band New Order are Manchester musical legends, with several films and books already documenting both bands’ careers and legacies, including autobiographies by band members Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner. Now JD/NO drummer Stephen Morris has joined the club, with the first volume of his autobiography, ‘Record, Play, Pause’, published this month. To launch the book Morris is doing a ‘tour’ around the UK, where he is in conversation on stage with Mancunian DJ, broadcaster and journalist Dave Haslam. Haslam also has a new book on sale, ‘Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor: Music, Manchester and More’. Haslam and Morris are old buddies, Haslam having DJ’ed at Manchester’s infamous Hacienda club, of which Morris and his New Order comrades were, of course, part owners.


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New Order New Order were a shining star in the music black hole that was the 1980s. They have never really gone away, having intermittently continued to produce good albums and to tour. The band emerged from the ashes of the legendary Joy Division, after lead singer Ian Curtis’s death. Their first album, Movement, was really a transition album where they searched for a new direction. Then along came the second album, Power, Corruption and Lies, along with the mega Blue Monday 12” single (reputedly the biggest ever selling 12”).


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