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—Factory Records (UK)

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume I : Media, Industry and Society

Continuum, 2003

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...Founded in Manchester, England in 1978 by television presenter Tony Wilson and record producer Martin Hannett, Factory Records was part of the new wave of independent record labels set up in the wake of the punk music explosion. The initial...

Joy Division

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...Like many others in the late 1970s, Joy Division’s members were inspired to become a band after seeing the Sex Pistols. Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook saw the Pistols in July 1976 and began planning a band the next day. They added Ian Curtis...

Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures

Chris Ott

Chris Ott is a regular contributor to Pitchforkmedia.com, one of the world’s leading alternative music websites. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2004

33 1/3 Books

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...Joy Division’s career has often been shrouded by myths. But the truth is surprisingly simple: over a period of several months, Joy Division transformed themselves from run-of-the-mill punk wannabes into the creators of one of the most...

The Undead and the Uncanny

Christopher Partridge

Christopher Partridge is Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, UK. Recent publications include The Occult World (2014, ed.,), The Lyre of Orpheus: Popular Music, the Sacred and the Profane (2013), Dub in Babylon (2010), and Holy Terror: Understanding Religion and Violence in Popular Culture (2010, ed.,). He is co-editor of Bloomsbury Studies in Religion and Popular Music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mortality and Music : Popular Music and the Awareness of Death

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...No tradition or sensibility has done more to inspire popular thanatology than the Gothic. From Horace Walpole’s 1764 novelette The Castle of Otranto through to Gothic rock, imaginations have been drawn to boundary-crossing themes...

Gothic Rock

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Gothic rock, or Goth, is a musical genre and an associated subcultural style that emerged as part of post-punk alternative and indie rock in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s. Its origins in cities such as Manchester in the north-west...

Manchester

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VII : Locations: Europe

The Continuum International, 2016

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...Population: 439,500 (2002) Manchester is the center of the Lancashire industrial region in northwest England. The Greater Manchester area includes the urban centers of Salford, Stockport, Oldham...