I'm a Yank Joy Division fanatic from day one, living in Los Angeles. Being the JD fanatic I am, I was 3 weeks away from seeing Joy Division play in Hollywood at a club called The Starwood on June 6th, 1980. I am thrilled to see the Rob Gretton material in the MDMArchive as there are pages showing their planned American tour, including the Starwood show and, unbeknownst to me at the time, another planned show at Madame Wong's, a well-known Chinatown Punk venue at the time. I almost got to see them twice!
This is a picture of the first Factory record, "FAC-2 - A Factory Sample" from late 1978. I purchased this record new at that time and have owned it ever since.
I am submitting this artifact because recently New Order's Peter Hook came through Los Angeles on a DJ tour and I had him sign the record sleeve while he was DJ'ing. He looked at it briefly and said "I don't even have one of these meself!", I believe.
(The original image was less than 400 pixels so I increased it by 125%, thus causing minor pixelation. Please accept my apologies.)