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Joy Devotion Contributor Spotlight on: Writer Mark Brodie-Wray
June 13, 2016
The new book I edited, Joy Devotion: The Importance of Ian Curtis and Fan Culture is being released on July 15th- what would have been Ian Curtis's 60th birthday. To celebrate the singer and to highlight some of the fab folks I was lucky enough to get to contribute to the book, each week I will be featuring one of my writers here, so you can get to know a bit more about what Joy Division and Ian Curtis mean to them. My first 'spotlight' is on one of my favorite people, Mark Brodie-Wray. I met Mark through my best friend- he was here then boyfriend, now husband. I was so jealous as he was living in that MYTHICAL LAND of MANCHESTER at the time. Since our first late night, wine fueled talk about music, waxing a politics- a natural trio to go together, of course- he has come to be a dear and true friend. He is also the man behind a fabulous blog On A Good Day, which is devoted to music, parenthood and trying to figure the whole thing out. I caught up with Mr. Brodie-Wray to ask some questions about one of our shared favorite topics, Joy Division.
What does Joy Division mean to you?
To me, Joy Division are completely entwined with my memories of Manchester. I truly discovered their music there, and Joy Division's music still haunts the city. Although I moved away a few years ago now, listening to their music always places me back there.
Why are they still cultural provocateurs 30 plus years on?
I think their continued relevance is partly to do with the beauty of their music (to state the blindingly obvious), but also due to the small and perfectly formed nature of their discography, just those two wonderful albums and a handful of other recordings. As a band they did not have the chance to grow old, make terrible albums and tarnish their legacy like so many bands do.
Favorite JD song and why?
Dead Souls has always been a favourite. So simple in many ways, yet unbelievably powerful.
I work at a University and am always interested in spotting which band t-shirts students are wearing. I find it fascinating that I see way more Joy Division (and Nirvana) t-shirts than any more current bands.
Check out ON A GOOD DAY a blog for parents who love music here.Joy Devotion: The Importance of Ian Curtis and Fan Culture is available on July 15th. Click here to pre-order, and herefor information on our exclusive London book launch.