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  1. Peter Hook Calls Disney's Controversial Joy Division-Inspired T-Shirt a 'Backhanded Compliment'

    January 24, 2012 6:00 PM EST The Disney Store's "Waves Mickey Mouse tee" references Joy Division's 1979 debut "Unknown Pleasures," an album designed by Peter Saville. (Photo: Screen Grab) It was never the most obvious of artist/brand tie-ups, whi ...

  2. Stone Roses Reunite, Announce 2012 Concerts

    October 18, 2011 12:43 PM EDT Seminal U.K. rock band The Stone Roses is to reform for a series of highly lucrative live shows. Following days of speculation that a reunion was imminent, the announcement was made earlier today (Oct. 18) at a packed press conference in The Soho ...

  3. Universal Music Publishing Extends Joy Division Deal; Peter Hook Dismayed By New Order Reunion Shows

    October 04, 2011 5:07 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing has extended its worldwide administration deal with pioneering U.K. rock band Joy Division. The legendary Manchester band first formed in 1977 and achieved cult status with its two studio albums "Unknown Pleasures&q ...

  4. Primal Scream's Mani Apologizes To Peter Hook

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Primal Scream bassist Gary 'Mani' Mounfield has issued a forthright apology to his former Freebass bandmate Peter Hook for attacking him via social network site Twitter. Since 2005 Mounfield and Hook, formerly bassist in New Order, have ...

  5. Charlatans Confirms Split With Alan McGee

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie-rock band the Charlatans has confirmed its split with manager Alan McGee. The band is now represented by London-based Big Life Management , which has also financed recording of the new Charlatans album. McGee was the founder of U.K. ind ...

  6. Freebass Drops 4-Track EP, Sets Album Date

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Over five years on from the project first being announced, Freebass -- the alternative rock super group comprising Joy Division/New Order bass player Peter Hook, Gary 'Mani' Mounfield from the Stone Roses/Primal Scream and Andy Rourke of ...

  7. Factory Records HQ Reborn As Live Music Venue

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The onetime base of Manchester, England label Factory Records is to re-open as a live music venue and club entitled FAC 251 - the Factory. A joint venture between former Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook and U.K. club operators Tokyo Indus ...

  8. New Order Spin-Off Bad Lieutenant Confirms Tour, Album

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bad Lieutenant, the new band formed by New Order singer Bernard Sumner, has announced a three-date U.K. tour to coincide with its debut album in October. Bad Lieutenant's debut studio set "Never Cry Another Tear" is released Oct. 5 ...

  9. Stone Roses Reunion Report Rebuffed

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following reports of Stone Roses reunion for a tour by a U.K. tabloid, a spokeswoman for singer Ian Brown says she has no knowledge about the band reforming. According to the Daily Mirror, the band has lined up dates in the U.K. and U.S. with at l ...

  10. Hook Sets Freebass Release Date

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Freebass, the alternative rock supergroup formed by former Joy Division/New Order bass player Peter Hook, Mani from the Stone Roses/Primal Scream and Andy Rourke of The Smiths, is planning to release their as-yet-untitled debut album in March 2009 ...

  11. Wilson Feted With 24-Hour Party

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The life of Factory Records' legendary late founder Tony Wilson was remembered over the weekend with a 24-hour celebration featuring some of his best-known signings and friends. The likes of comedian Steve Coogan, New Order's Peter Hook, ...

  12. Happy Mondays Get To Work On New Album

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British alternative rock band the Happy Mondays are recording a new album, which they hope to release early next year, Billboard.com can reveal. The set is earmarked for a possible early 2009 release. "It's sounding good," says sing ...

  13. Central Station Exhibition Opens In Manchester

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A who's who of local music stars turned out for an exhibition opening at Manchester's Richard Goodall Gallery, celebrating influential design studio Central Station, the team responsible for creating iconic cover art for groups such as H ...

  14. Charlatans Claim Success For ‘Giveaway’ Model

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alternative rock band the Charlatans is claiming success for the “giveaway” approach taken with its new album, “You Cross My Path,” which the act says has been downloaded in its entirety more than 60,000 times since it was made available last ...

  15. Joy Division Honored At Diesel Awards

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Joy Division and its sleeve designer Peter Saville were among the winners at the Diesel:U:Music Awards in London. On the eve of the national U.K. release of "Control," the biopic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, the Manchester post-pun ...

  16. Charlatans To Give Away New Album

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alternative rock veterans the Charlatans will release their new album as a free download with modern rock radio network Xfm's Web site, xfm.co.uk, in early 2008. The band's new single "You Cross my Path" will be released a ...

  17. Wilson Tribute Web Site Goes Live

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Friends and family of the late Tony Wilson have launched an official Web site in memory of the former Factory Records boss and broadcaster. The site, www.anthonyhwilson.com , has contributions from musician friends such as the Charlatans' Tim ...

  18. Wilson Funeral Details Revealed

    August 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The funeral of Factory Records founder Tony Wilson will take place Aug. 20 at the Hidden Gem Church in Manchester, England. The ceremony will be open only to invited family and close friends, a representative for the late entrepreneur said today. ...

  19. Hacienda Co-Founder Wilson Dies

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tony Wilson, who managed Manchester bands Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays, has died, British media reported on Friday. The Manchester Evening News reported that the 57-year-old, who also co-founded Factory Records and the legendary Hacie ...

  20. UMPG Forges Pact For Joy Division Catalog

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has struck a long-term, worldwide deal to administer the catalog of Joy Division, the legendary post-punk group which later evolved into New Order. The exclusive agreement represents the band's works, includin ...

  21. In The City OZ Postponed

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Tony Wilson, co-founder and co-curator of Manchester, England's In The City (ITC) seminar and showcase event, has postponed the Australian version due to health issues. In The City AAA (Australia, Australasia, Asia) was to have been held for ...

  22. Charlatans Team Up With McGee

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Brit band splits with manager Harrison. Long-running British rock band the Charlatans have split amicably with longtime manager Steve Harrison and are now managed by Creation Records co-founder and former Oasis manager Alan McGee, with Stephen Kin ...

  23. Factory's Wilson Returns With F4

    January 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tony Wilson, the veteran British producer and label executive who helped launch the careers of Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays, has established a new record label, F4 Records. Tony Wilson, the veteran British producer and label execu ...

  24. Factory's Wilson Returns With F4

    January 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tony Wilson, the veteran British producer and label executive who helped launch the careers of Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays, has established a new record label, F4 Records. Tony Wilson, the veteran British producer and label execu ...

  25. Sanctuary Signs Charlatans

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST British guitar band the Charlatans have returned to the independent label fold through a worldwide recording deal with Sanctuary Records Group. British guitar band the Charlatans have returned to the independent label fold through a worldwide reco ...

  26. Sanctuary Signs Charlatans

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST British guitar band the Charlatans have returned to the independent label fold through a worldwide recording deal with Sanctuary Records Group. British guitar band the Charlatans have returned to the independent label fold through a worldwide reco ...

  27. Global Pulse

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Charlatans mark 14 years together with their new Island release, "Up at the Lake." Read Nigel Williamson's column. The Charlatans mark 14 years together with their new Island release, "Up at the Lake." Read Nigel Willi ...