We are very sad to learn that our friend and colleague Michael H. Shamberg passed away on Saturday 1st November after a long illness. Michael was the founder of Factory New York and New Order's video producer, alongside his own work as film maker , teacher and director of Turtle Salon. His video production of "True Faith" earned "Best Music Video" at the Brit Awards 1988. We will miss him dearly and send our condolences to all his family and friends.
As part of his promotional schedule around the publishing of his memoir "Chapter & Verse" Bernard will be appearing at the Dylan Weekend in Laugharne, West Wales. He will be "In conversation" with Charlie Connelly at 12.30pm on Saturday 27th September.
For more information see http://thedylanweekends.com/
Faber & Faber publish So This Is Permanence on October 16 2014, £27 hardback, £200 limited edition,£14.99 ebook.
Edited by Jon Savage with a foreword by Deborah Curtis, So This Is Permanence presents the intensely personal writings of one of the most enigmatic and influential songwriters and performers of the late twentieth century, Joy Division's Ian Curtis.
Interspersed with the lyrics are previously unpublished facsimile pages of Ian's notebooks, which throw his highly emotive lyrics into fascinating relief and cast light on the creative process of this singularly poetic songwriter.
Bernard will be making a few appearances this month to publicise his forthcoming memoir "Chapter and Verse".
21st September - Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Sunday afternoon 3pm. Interview and signing with Dave Haslam. Ticket Link
25th September - Waterstones Trafalgar Square, London
Thursday evening 6.30pm. Interview and signing with Dave Simpson. Ticket Link
29th September - Waterstones Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
Monday evening. Interview and signing. Ticket Link
30th September - Epstein Theatre, Liverpool
Tuesday evening 6.30pm. Interview and signing with Dave Haslam. Ticket Link
Last night New Order attended GQ's Men of the Year Award to receive the Inspiration Award presented by Sam Smith.
Speaking about the signing Daniel Miller explains: “This is an exciting new chapter for both Mute and New Order and I feel privileged to be working with artists with such a long, creative and successful history. When the possibility of us working together first came up, I was invited to hear some of the new material and immediately had no doubts whatsoever that Mute would be the right home for New Order. We've already had a number of creative conversations, and I am looking towards an exciting future”.
New Order are similarly thrilled with their new home "New Order are delighted to be signing to Mute. We couldn't imagine a better place to be than working with Daniel Miller and his team. Mute has a superb roster of artists and a history that complements our own. In many ways joining the label feels like we are coming home, returning to our independent roots."
Founded in 1978 by Daniel Miller, Mute has signed and developed an amazing array of innovative artists, including Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode, Plastikman and Moby. The current roster includes Goldfrapp, Erasure, Plastikman, Liars, Can and Cabaret Voltaire, alongside newer signings such as Zola Jesus, Swans, Ben Frost, Big Deal, Land Observations, Cold Specks, Diamond Version and Maps.
THE LONG-AWAITED MEMOIR OF THE FOUNDER OF JOY DIVISION AND NEW ORDER
“Joy Division and New Order have both left quite a legacy but up until now I've been happy to let the music speak for itself. Somehow it feels like the right time to give my personal perspective both on my own life story and the many bands I’ve been in.” BERNARD SUMNER
Chapter and Verse, Bernard Sumner's autobiography, explores the formation of Joy Division alongside Ian Curtis, his relationship with band mate Peter Hook, and the inspiration for Blue Monday, the biggest selling 12” single of all time.
The founding member and guitarist of Joy Division and the lead singer of New Order, Bernard Sumner has been famous over the years for his reticence, until now. An integral part of the Manchester music scene since the late 1970s, his is the definitive version of the events that created two of the most influential bands of all time.
Chapter and Verse includes a vivid and illuminating account of Bernard’s Salford childhood, the early days of Joy Division, the band’s enormous critical and popular success, and the subsequent tragic death of Ian Curtis. Bernard describes the formation of New Order, takes us behind the scenes at the birth of classics such as Blue Monday and gives his first-hand account of the ecstasy and the agony of the Haçienda days.
Sometimes moving, often hilarious and occasionally completely out of control, this is a tale populated by some of the most colourful and creative characters in music history, such as Ian Curtis, Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton and Martin Hannett. Others have told parts of the story, in film and book form. Now, for the first time, Bernard Sumner gives you chapter and verse.
Bantam Press, 24th September, £20. Also available as HB Ebook.
The New Order North American Tour 2014 opened in Chicago on Tuesday night. The sold out crowd got to hear a fantastic set including the world premiere of the song "Plastic". To quote our friend Joe Shanahan. "Damn it was hot in there…add some lights and 4300 plus dancing bodies and you have an epic night in chicago. Everyone danced, everyone sweated." Remembering New Order's first Chicago show 31 years ago. "The Metro show was june 30th 1983…it was 95 degrees outside temp and the inside temp was 100 degrees. Metro’s ac went down and so did a NO sequencer. Blue Monday was done almost in a stripped down punk rock version. I will never forget it, we all fell in love with each other that night! Chicago became Manchester by the lake for evermore."