Shortlist #52: Unknown Commerce

Shortlist #52: Unknown Commerce

Boo-Hooray is proud to present Unknown Commerce, our 52nd shortlist compiling rare and vintage Joy Division records and merchandise, alongside some of the most scandalous uses and abuses of Peter Saville’s Unknown Pleasures design in pop culture. The graphic representation of a dying star lifted from the 1977 Cambridge Encyclopedia on Astronomy marked an early peak for Saville’s collaboration with Tony Wilson in particular, and Factory Records in general. Alongside the band’s often spare and moody sound, it was a manifesto of minimalism done punk.

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