Bernard Sumner

Born Jan 4, 1956

Bernard Sumner, also known as Bernard Dickin, Bernard Dicken and Bernard Albrecht is an English singer-songwriter, guitarist, keyboard player and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the bands Joy Division and New Order. He also recorded with Johnny Marr as Electronic and was the lead vocalist of the band Bad Lieutenant.… Read More

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  • Books: Bernard Sumner On Ian Curtis And His Joy Division Bandmates
    NYTimes - Nov 02, 2015
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    Huffington Post - Aug 03, 2013
  • Sex Pistols Ushered In Punk Era 37 Years Ago Today
    Huffington Post - Jun 04, 2013
  • Former Smiths Rocker Blasts Margaret Thatcher
    Huffington Post - Apr 15, 2013


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1956 Birth Born on January 4, 1956.


1976 20 Years Old Sumner was a founding member of Joy Division, a post-punk band formed in 1976. … Read More
1978 22 Years Old …  He married Sue Barlow (born 1956) on 28 October 1978. They have a son James Christopher (born 1983). The couple divorced in 1989, just before the release of Technique, an experience reflected in the song "Round & Round." … Read More
1980 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1980, the band's singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide, resulting in Joy Division's end.
1981 25 Years Old In 1981, Pauline Murray and The Invisible Girls released their last single "Searching for Heaven", which included a guitar solo by Sumner, although he was not credited in the sleeves of its 7" and 10" edition at the time.
1983 27 Years Old In 1983, Sumner co-produced, with Donald Johnson, the single "The Great Divide"/"Love in a Strange Place" by the band Foreign Press. … Read More


1990 34 Years Old In 1990, he worked with former Factory Records label sharers A Certain Ratio remixing their song "Won't Stop Loving You". … Read More


1999 43 Years Old Sumner appeared as guest singer and guitarist (alongside Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie) on The Chemical Brothers' 1999 album Surrender, on the track "Out of Control"; and in a 2005 Chemical Brothers show at the Brixton Academy, Sumner appeared live onstage as a special guest on this track. … Read More
2000 44 Years Old Sumner also appeared on the Primal Scream track "Shoot Speed Kill Light" from their 2000 album XTRMNTR.


2014 58 Years Old Sumner's autobiography Chapter and Verse was published in 2014. … Read More
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