Music Diary #41 – Still Life

A lot of news has filtered through whilst I have been lying in bed with the lurgy……. the big story of the day is…….

Peter Hook And The Light perform “ Still ”, the third and final of Joy Division’s releases live, sequentially and in its entirety for the first ever time at The Factory in Manchester on Friday 18 th May andSaturday 19 th May 2012 .  “Still” was released as a double album in October 1981 to counter the slew of unofficial and bootleg releases which followed Ian Curtis’ death,  The first disc comprised studio out-takes and mainly unreleased or lesser heard tracks while the second album is a live recording of Joy Divisions’ last ever concert at High Hall, Birmingham on 2 nd May 1980.   At the concert Hooky and The Light are to perform each disc separately, first the studio recording and then replicate the final ever Joy Division concert in a double header which has been long awaited and anticipated by fans and devotees of the band. 

Tickets : £20.12 (Includes Charity Donation) available from   12 noon Friday 2nd   March 2012 at / /  

24 Hour Credit Card Hotline – 08444 77 10000 and In Person – Piccadilly Records / Vinyl Exchange / Fopp / Gaffs

Support for both concerts comes from Kevin Hewick who will soon be releasing his “All Was Numbered” album on Hacienda Records.

More info here /

Supporting Charities – Mind & Forever Manchester Involvement

As has been customary with the previous album debut concerts at The Factory in May, the “Still” gigs benefit two charities, Mind , the mental health charity and Forever Manchester , a local Manchester charity which supports numerous community based initiatives

On the concerts continuing involvement with Mind , Chief Executive Paul Farmer said “ Once again, we are indebted to Peter Hook for his continued support of Mind through these incredible gigs. For a third successive year, his efforts to raise vital funds and awareness will help us to continue to provide support and advice for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.”

Forever Manchester ’s Chief Executive Nick Massey also commented “ It is fantastic that Hooky and The Light have involved us in these events. We will ensure that the money raised is put back into supporting the creativity, talent and passion found across   Manchester, to improve the lives of all the people here.” /

I’ve been playing it for a few weeks but the Disappears album “Pre-Language” is out on March 5th and rather bloody good it is too…..highly recommended!

More stuff later today…..I have a bit of a backlog to wade through


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