Joy Division Fans Vs Mickey Mouse

01/25/2012
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(Gibson) The Walt Disney Company has drawn the ire of some Joy Division fans for using the band's iconic Unknown Pleasures album cover as the basis for a T-shirt design featuring Mickey Mouse.

But Disney is free to use the image since the original cover is in the public domain and was never actually owned by Joy Division. It was taken from the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy. It depicts CP 1919, the first radio pulsar ever detected (in July 1967 by Jocelyn Bell Burnell).

Factory Records co-founder Peter Saville told The Guardian last year that the image was the only time the band gave the label an album cover suggestion. "They gave me the title too but I didn't hear the album," Saville said. "The wave pattern was so appropriate. It was from CP 1919, the first pulsar, so it's likely that the graph emanated from Jodrell Bank, which is local to Manchester and Joy Division. And it's both technical and sensual." more on this story

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