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Joy Devotion Contributor Spotlight: Keepin' the punk ethos alive, the fabulous Liam Quinn!!
June 27, 2016
I would say about 90% of the time when I am doing talks at higher education venues, I get really depressed as 1. I am either extremely ancient as I make references and seem to have ancient punk DIY, community ethos which is totally out of fashion and out of date, and / or 2. not many young people seem to know or often care about the roots and history of music before 2010. So when I meet someone like Liam Quinn, they immediately stand out for their passion, integrity, inquisitiveness and all around commitment to music and music culture. I met Liam after I did a talk several years ago at Falmouth University on Ian Curtis and Kurt Cobain. After I was done, this sharp dressed young man approached me, and said what a huge fan he was of both artists, and that he had loved the talk. He then followed through from this interaction by keeping in touch, and doing his final year research project on Ian Curtis and Macclesfield. He just proved himself to be one of those people that make you believe the human race can be good and great. So when I was putting together an ideal contributors list for Joy Devotion: The Importance of Ian Curtis and Fan Culture, I thought it would be fantastic to get this amazing young person to write about what the band meant to him. Here is my informal Q and A with Liam, as he shares his own insights as to why we still care about Joy Division.
A Quick Bio:
Liam Quinn. University Graduate. 23.
Looking for a little meaning to life. After leaving school, all I wanted to do was play music. Brought up in a very musical family, I quickly found a life path through music and creativity, being a musician and going onto university to study Creative Events Management. I discovered an inspiration through a need to learn new things, taking up several research projects on punk rock, place and space and Joy Division, meanwhile fulfilling a need to travel. Between 2013 and 2016, I took on several roles in the UK in business consultancy and fundraising, and working in California at The UC Theatre. Post-university, I am relocating to Australia, having an adventure and furthering my creative career.
- What does Joy Division mean to you? Joy Division is more than just four northern blokes in a band. Joy Division lasts forever through music, inspiration, art, life and death. A funny way of putting it. Joy Division acted as my gateway to the drugs that are punk music, post-punk and goth rock, which eventually paved the way for the most amazing music that Britain has produced. Joy Division gave me more meaning to what I wanted to do, which was express myself through creativity. I studied Joy Division at university, eventually writing a paper on the importance of the band and what it meant for tourism in Macclesfield. I was then kindly asked by Jennifer to donate writing for Joy Devotion, an absolute honour.
- Why are they still cultural provocateurs 30 plus years on? In the four years of the bands existence, Joy Division have had an unprecedented effect on popular music and popular culture. one doesn't have to look far to see the masses wearing Unknown Pleasures t-shirts and Love Will Tear Us Apart lyrics tattooed onto the body. I have both. Joy Division has had a domino effect on popular music, with so many artists citing influence from the band. And what makes it even more remarkable is that no one saw it coming.
- Favorite JD song and why? Disorder. The song acts as catalyst for the album. One of the best album openers ever written, in my opinion. The song builds up perfectly around the tight drums, with each instrument filling the gaps gradually. The melody of the song provides a snippet of the tone for the album that really gives off a darker side to the band that we still see in Closer.