Rob Gretton’s first job as manager of fledgling band Joy Division was to commission Steve McGarry – the artist who had previously created sleeve designs for a host of Manchester punk and new wave luminaries, including Slaughter & The Dogs, Ed Banger and The Nosebleeds, John Cooper Clarke and Jilted John – to design a record sleeve for An Ideal For Living, the group’s debut 12” release.
To promote the record, McGarry also designed a set of 12 badges. Produced by punk badge publisher Better Badges, black on white versions were released to the public, while a small number of white on black versions were reserved exclusively for the band.
Now, for the first time since 1978, Steve McGarry’s Joy Division designs have been reproduced once more, with collectors offered the opportunity to obtain both versions of these iconic sets.
STANDARD EDITION: One set of 12 one-inch Joy Division badges done in black text on a white badge, in the style published by Better Badges in 1978.