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Live In Session / Joy Division A Rare Promotional Poster For The Album Unknown Pleasures, 1979,

Lot 125
Joy Division: A Rare Promotional Poster For The Album Unknown Pleasures,
1979,
14 June 2022, 13:00 BST
London, Knightsbridge

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Joy Division: A Rare Promotional Poster For The Album Unknown Pleasures,

1979,
Catalogue no. FAC 10, UK promotional poster for the debut album by Joy Division, printed on paper, designed by Peter Saville and based on an illustration of a pulsar from the Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Astronomy matching that of the album cover,
28in x 38in (71cm x 96.5cm)

Footnotes

"...the band very astutely spotted this image as potentially a wonderfully enigmatic symbol for a record cover."
- Peter Saville

These posters were supposedly used for flyposting, but not many were and very few survive now. Joy Division recorded two sessions for Peel's programme, both in 1979. John played New Dawn Fades, from Unknown Pleasures, near the start of his show on 19 May 1980, in tribute to Ian Curtis, and a year to the day of his suicide, played it again without comment at the start of the 18 May 1981 show and closed with Decades, from the posthumous album release Closer.

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