Joy Division's Legacy

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In today’s episode, KEXP DJ Kevin Cole discusses Joy Division’s legacy with Jon Savage, author of This Searing Light, the Sun, and Everything Else: Joy Division: The Oral History.
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This month marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Joy Division frontman, Ian Curtis. In just two years, Joy Division recorded three albums worth of material and performed 120 shows. Curtis tragically died by suicide at the age of 23, the night before Joy Division's U.S. tour, leaving behind a wife and a child. Curtis had struggled with epilepsy and depression. KEXP DJ Kevin Cole says Joy Division pioneered the post punk genre. In today’s episode, he discusses Joy Division’s legacy with Jon Savage, author of This Searing Light, the Sun, and Everything Else: Joy Division: The Oral History.

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