Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ artwork has been turned into a climate mural

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This comes after Music Declare Emergency launched a T-shirt campaign with the logo earlier this year

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Peter Saville’s iconic artwork for Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasure has been turned into a climate mural to raise funds for Music Declares Emergency’s No Music on a Dead Planet.

  • READ MORE: Savage’s drummer and music on climate change emergency co-founder Fay Milton announces: “The music needs to be real”
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The sleeve was originally based on an image of radio waves from Pulsar CP 1919, but now shows the waves flat and lifeless as “a symbol of the eternal silence of the dead planet”.

The work in Withington in Manchester is part of a wider campaign calling for “urgent action on climate” ahead of the COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow.


It is close to a mural by Saville himself and footballer Marcus Rashford.

Joy Division ‘Unknown Pleasures’ Mural Painting Credits: Press

This comes after MDE launched a T-shirt campaign with the logo earlier this year. This has been supported by shirts designed by the likes of Billie Eilish and Foals, as well as Thom Yorke and others.

“The truth of the matter is, the world is in dire straits now and that ourselves and all future generations face tremendous problems if we do not immediately address the climate emergency facing the planet,” Joy Division bassist Peter Hook previously told Granthshala. “If everyone could want to make a change, we could all have a huge impact.”

1975 x Music declared emergency

Two days earlier, The 1975 teamed up with MDE to create a new charity T-shirt, based on their rectangle logo, with the slogan ‘No Music on a Dead Planet’: “1975 for MDE.”


This comes after the band helped fans recycle their old T-shirts by screenprinting the new 1975 logo at a pop-up shop at the Reading Festival in 2019.

talking to Granthshala Regarding the organization’s goals in 2019, Fay Milton, founder of Music Declares Emergency and drummer of Savage, previously said: “The changes we need to make, and there’s so little time to wake people up and feeling like everyone. Time to change everything.

“To use Greta Thunberg’s analogy, the house is on fire, and it’s not time to say the house is on fire, before saying the cigarette to quit smoking – it’s on fire now , and we need to fix this. Let’s change our lifestyles, fly less, use less plastic – but ultimately a government response is needed.”

She said: “People are getting used to the word ’emergency’, but we shouldn’t – it’s really an emergency. Every single day when we’re not doing anything, it’s putting the world at greater risk.” Is.”

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