If you’re a fan of Joy Division, you’ll want to watch this fascinating animated history of the Unknown Pleasures artwork

Post-punk.com has started releasing a series of music-related animations, starting with the story of the artwork for Unknown Pleasures from Joy Division. The cover features 100 consecutive pulses of a pulsar known as CP1919 in the constellation of Vulpecula. Drummer Stephen Morris found it in an astronomy textbook and showed it to Factory design man Peter Saville. The rest, as you’ll see, is music (and astronomical) history.

Thanks to Lee for the link.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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