Joy Division : Bernard Albrecht AKA Bernard Sumner


Bernard was Joy Division's guitarist.

Bernard Albrecht/Sumner
Photo Steven Richards / Rockphotos
reproduced with kind permission

Bernard Albrecht/Sumner
Video still Jon Wozencroft
reproduced with kind permission

Bernard Albrecht/Sumner
Photo Paul Slattery

Bernard was born on 4th January 1956, and grew up in Salford. He formed the band with Hooky in 1976.

He played the guitar and some synthesiser (in the last two years of Joy Division existence). Without the shadow of a doubt, Barney was on stage the motionless one, except for his hands on the guitar. His playing evolved a lot from the early punk songs to the late ones.

After Joy Division, he became New Order's singer and guitarist. Later, he also served as a record producer for Factory Records and formed Electronic and later Bad Lieutenant. He has used different names : Albrecht, Dicken and Sumner.

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Update 2014-10-25    Copyright Michel ENKIRI