Bernard Sumner
British musician
Bernard Sumner
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.
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Books: Bernard Sumner on Ian Curtis and His Joy Division Bandmates
NYTimes - over 1 year
The New Order singer shares excerpts from his new memoir — and still doesn’t understand why Peter Hook is mad at him.
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PHOTOS: The Sights And Sounds Of Lollapalooza Day 1
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Lollapalooza 2013 kicked off Friday afternoon in Chicago with only brief rain, hordes of bare bodies and music that ranged from tremendous to truly awful -- in other words, it was a pretty typical Day 1. Story continues below The (presumably ticketed) fest-goers who arrived early when gates opened at 11 a.m. were among the first Lolla fans to check out the damn-near impenetrable 8-foot steel fence erected to keep jumpers out of the 2013 fanfare. Early morning rains had made a mess of the field, so officials were spreading mulch around the soggiest parts of the park and taping off others to avoid and all-out mud mess. Things proceeded on with relative order until a brief rain shower soaked Grant Park a little after 2 p.m. Despite the downpour, the fields didn't quite devolve into the all-out mudslide like they had in years past. After the 2012 storm evacuation mess, this year Lolla organizers used the festival's official smart phone app to push weather notific ...
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Sex Pistols Ushered In Punk Era 37 Years Ago Today
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It could be said that June 4, 1976, was the day the punk era began, all thanks to an intimate gig put on by The Sex Pistols. The nascent band took the stage on the night of June 4 -- 37 years ago -- at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England, playing to a crowd of about 40 in a space that could have held hundreds. The Sex Pistols had made no significant splash in the music industry as of yet, having only played together under that name for a handful of months. That would change on this night, when a few notable figures just so happened to be in attendance. In the crowd were a plethora of people who'd help The Sex Pistols in birthing the wave of punk music that would inundate the latter part of the 1970s as well as the 1980s. Among the concertgoers were Howard DeVoto and Pete Shelley, who together formed Buzzcocks; Ian Curtis, Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook, who would go on to become Joy Division; Mark E. Smith, who started The Fall; Steven Patrick Morrissey, w ...
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Former Smiths Rocker Blasts Margaret Thatcher
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The following article is provided by Rolling Stone. By STEVE BALTAIN Like many of his fellow British musicians, Johnny Marr has very strong opinions on recently deceased British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. "My thoughts are that if you see the word 'Thatcherism,' it’s not a word that stands for something good," Marr told Rolling Stone when we met him in his trailer backstage at Coachella. "I don’t think there’s any getting around that." The guitarist was particularly put off by praise from the current regime in England. "I thought that the British government’s statement that she made Britain great again was false and really arrogant because everybody knows, left or right, that Margaret Thatcher didn’t make Britain great," he said. "If that was the case then why isn’t it? I felt like that was very, very disrespectful to generations of families who have never recovered from her legacy." Morrissey: Margaret Thatcher Was 'Barbaric' Marr’s views were similar to ...
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Peter Hook: Ian Curtis wasn’t curled up in a ball, head in his hands
Salon.com - about 4 years
We are lousy with music memoirs that want to be literature. And as perfect as Patti Smith's "Just Kids" might be, there's something to be said for a book that takes delight in running into a former bandmate now working at a McDonald's in England. Peter Hook's "Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division," is a lot of things, all of them brutally honest and told in the straightforward voice of an English punk rocker who ended up playing bass in two of the most distinctive and influential bands of the post-punk era -- a band that's been enshrined in movies like "24-Hour Party People" and "Control," and whose influence can be heard in countless of the dark, arty, epic bands that followed, whether U2, R.E.M., Radiohead or Interpol. Hook's path was set at a Sex Pistols show in Manchester in June 1976. Like the old cliché about the Velvet Underground, not many people were there, but all of them started a band -- the 50 people in the room included future Smiths singer Morrissey, Mark E. Smith of ...
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Lost Sirens
Rolling Stone - about 4 years
"I'll stay with you/Till hell freezes over" Bernard Sumner intones on the ninth New Order album Chances are he's not referring to his bandmates Allegedly the final release from the massively influential dance-rock group's original lineup (bassist Peter Hook departed in 2007) Lost was cobbled of outtakes from its previous...
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Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Born in January Playlist
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Zooey Deschanel (She & Him) Song: Me and You Album: She & Him: Volume Two Genre: Alternative Buy: iTunes.com Francis Poulenc (& Pierre Fourniere) Song: Conclusion (Aubade, Concerto Per Pinoforte e 18 Strumenti) Album: Rai 1953 Genre: Classical Buy: iTunes.com Allen Toussaint Song: Cruel Way to Go Down Album: Southern Nights Genre: Jazz/Soul Buy: iTunes.com Chris Stein (Blondie) Song: Union City Blue Album: Eat to the Beat Genre: Rock Buy: iTunes.com Philip Glass Song: Koyaanisqatsi: Vessels Album: Koyaanisqatsi Genre: Contemporary Classical Buy: Amazon.com Al Bowlly Song: The Day You Came Along Album: The One and Only Al Bowlly Genre: Vocal Buy: iTunes.com Bernard Sumner (New Order) Song: Ruined in a Day (Radio Edit) Album: New Order: Singles Genre: Alternative/Rock Buy: iTunes.com Frederick Delius (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Si ...
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New Order: a marvellously unexpected rebirth
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Bernard Sumner and Gillian Gilbert reflect on Joy Division, Peter Hook and 30 years of chaos At the pavement table of a hotel bar on a sunny Sunday afternoon in London, Bernard Sumner is revisiting the most calamitous concerts of New Order's career in the kind of gleeful detail that your average musician would reserve for moments of glory. There was the time at Roskilde in 1984 when they appeared late and drunk with out-of-tune equipment and played so badly that the police were called to protect them from the crowd. Then there was the show in Boston when they performed for just 20 minutes in between DJ sets. "The police turned up in the dressing room," Sumner remembers, "and said: 'Do you know there's a fucking riot going down there, man?' There were people throwing stones at us when we came out. I got a phone call the next morning from Mo Ostin, the president of [New Order's US label] Warner Bros: 'What the fuck's going on Bernard?'" He smiles. "It's a very Mancunian trait – don't ...
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Festival Virginity: Reading 1994
Clash - almost 5 years
My first festival experience was back in ‘94 at Reading. Having recently left school I was contributing to a number of local magazines and well on the way to becoming the biggest gobshite in the whole of West Yorkshire; example - how about a lengthy article on how 60ft Dolls are our generation’s version of The Jam – big fail and in no way an isolated one. Equipped with two blagged tickets thanks to Echobelly or some other band of indie losers, we hit the National Express pike-bus from Leeds station full of giddy festival cherry popping anticipation. Cunningly putting red wine into coca cola bottles we drank ourselves jolly and occupied ourselves during the four hour hike by laughing at the now almost certainly dead racist lush at the back of the bus necking cheap vodka and emitting wafts of urine smelling displeasure for all to not enjoy. Festival attendance procedures are incredibly complex these days (headache tablets, ear plugs and wet wipes have long overtaken booze, ...
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New Order Revisit Their Past in Australia
Rolling Stone - almost 5 years
Before the third song of New Order's March 7th show at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney Australia the British band's singer-guitarist Bernard Sumner thanked the audience for the biblical rain pelting the city "It makes us feel right at home" he quipped referring to his country's famously inclement weather
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Total: Od městské apokalypsy k taneční euforii a zpět - Aktuálně.cz
Google News - over 5 years
Zbylé trio Peter Hook, Stephen Morris a Bernard Sumner se rozhodlo, že kapelu nepoloží. Přejmenovali se na New Order a necelý rok po Curtisově pohřbu vydali jako první singl skladbu Ceremony, kterou napsali ještě jako Joy Division (včetně Curtisova
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Matt & Kim, Soulja Boy, and Andrew W.K. Get Bloody for Converse - RollingStone.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Other recent collaborations for the initiative have included Hot Chip, Bernard Sumner, and Hot City, as well as the exclusive UK merging of Graham Coxon, Paloma Faith, and Bill Ryder-Jones. But none were as as zany a pairing as this
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Do Joy Division ao New Order: o som da metamorfose - A Tarde On Line
Google News - over 5 years
Com dezoito faixas, o álbum traça a metamorfose empreendida por Bernard Sumner (vocais e guitarra), Peter Hook (baixo), Stephen Morris (bateria) ea namorada deste último, Gillian Gilbert (teclados e programações): da emblemática música pós-punk do Joy
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Tropics (No 1083) - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Not that you can make out the lyrics, and that voice will never win awards, but as with Ernest Greene in Washed Out – and, for that matter, Bernard Sumner in New Order – it works just fine as a series of mumbles and murmurs among the beauteous babble
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Factory Records Dance Roots - ClashMusic.com
Google News - over 5 years
Produced by Bernard Sumner, it is a piece of English electro which rivals anything New Order themselves put out. Elsewhere, you can find neglected work from groups such as A Certain Ratio, Swamp Children and more. The Durutti Column make a welcome
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Zoot Woman playing a few rare US shows this week (dates) - Brooklyn Vegan
Google News - over 5 years
Price was also working on a "synthesizer album" with New Order frontman Bernard Sumner but that has apparently been put on the backburner. He's a busy guy and doesn't always tour with the band -- unsure as to whether he'll be there on Wednesday
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My favourite album: Power, Corruption & Lies by New Order - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
But after their 1981 debut album, Movement, two singles had helped Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris break away from Joy Division: 1982's breezily beautiful Temptation, later to have a second life on the Trainspotting soundtrack,
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Alexis Taylor Of About Group On Fishing With John - The Quietus
Google News - over 5 years
Hot Chip were partnered with Bernard Sumner and, on the giant fly posters across London, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and About Group could be seen wearing the hat sported by John Lurie and Dennis Hopper in the episodes of Fishing With John where the pair
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Arctic Monkeys, Public Image, Ltd., Ringo Starr and Brian Wilson Lead ... - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
... event included guests Jimmy Page, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Sir Bob Geldof, Phil Collins, John Lydon, Sandie Shaw, The Arctic Monkeys, The Vaccines, Grinderman, Primal Scream, Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby and New Order's Bernard Sumner to name a few
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bernard Sumner
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 58
    Sumner's autobiography Chapter and Verse was published in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Sumner has been portrayed on film twice. John Simm played him in the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People, which focused on Factory Records. In the Ian Curtis biopic, Control, he is played by James Anthony Pearson. For his Discographies with Joy Division discography, New Order discography, Electronic (band) and Bad Lieutenant (band). Singles featuring Bernard Sumner on guest vocals and/or guitar)
  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 44
    Sumner also appeared on the Primal Scream track "Shoot Speed Kill Light" from their 2000 album XTRMNTR.
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  • 1999
    Age 43
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He has also lent vocals and guitar to a track ("Miracle Cure") on German trance outfit Blank & Jones 2008 release, "The Logic of Pleasure".
  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 34
    In 1990, he worked with former Factory Records label sharers A Certain Ratio remixing their song "Won't Stop Loving You".
    More Details Hide Details He has also recorded tracks with fellow Mancunians 808 State and Sub Sub.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 27
    In 1983, Sumner co-produced, with Donald Johnson, the single "The Great Divide"/"Love in a Strange Place" by the band Foreign Press.
    More Details Hide Details Foreign Press (aka Emergency) had had a long history with Sumner through both Joy Division and New Order.
  • 1981
    Age 25
    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.
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  • 1980
    Age 24
    Sumner and remaining band members Peter Hook and Stephen Morris started a new band named New Order, joined by keyboardist Gillian Gilbert in October 1980.
    More Details Hide Details Though Hook, Morris and Gilbert also contributed vocals on some early tracks, Sumner emerged as the band's permanent singer and lyricist, alongside playing guitar and keyboards. Following a series of splits and reformations, the band have released ten studio albums. In 1989, Sumner joined up with former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to form Electronic. The Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant collaborated on two tracks on their debut eponymous album, providing vocals. Sumner was their singer, guitarist, keyboardist and lyricist. Bad Lieutenant included fellow New Order member Phil Cunningham and Jake Evans of Rambo & Leroy. Stephen Morris of New Order and Blur bass player Alex James also performed on the band's debut album. Sumner provided vocals, guitar and lyrics. On 2 July 2009, Sumner confirmed that the single "Sink or Swim" would be released on 28 September 2009 and would be the first off their album Never Cry Another Tear. The single was hosted for free on the band's website prior to its physical release, it was followed by a digital bundle release with remixes of the song by Mark Reeder, James Bright and Teenagers. As a result of the 2011 reformation of New Order, Bad Lieutenant are now on hiatus.
    In May 1980, the band's singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide, resulting in Joy Division's end.
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  • 1978
    Age 22
    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."
    More Details Hide Details Sumner lives with his second wife, Sarah Dalton. They have three children: Dylan Christian (born 1992), Tess Iona (born 1994) and Finley Emil (born 2003). He is a fan of the football club Manchester United. He is commonly known as "Barney", although he is reportedly not fond of the name. An early Joy Division bootleg credited him as "Barney Rubble". Brandon Flowers (of the Killers) has dubbed him the "Chairman of the Beat".
  • 1976
    Age 20
    Sumner was a founding member of Joy Division, a post-punk band formed in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details The band is widely considered one of the most influential bands of the era. Primarily known as the band's lead guitarist (his main guitars were a Gibson SG and a Shergold Custom Masquerader), Sumner also played keyboards for synthesizer parts and made his first vocal appearance on record singing the chorus of "They Walked In Line" on the Warsaw album.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 0
    Born on January 4, 1956.
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