I mean, it’s only now that I feel more relaxed. I think it’s because I’m doing what I want to do – Ian Curtis
Lately I’ve been researching Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division who, on the early morning of the 18th May 1980, hanged himself. He committed suicide the day before Joy Division were about to embark on their inaugural tour of America. He left behind a legacy, a dark poetry, an estranged and broken wife, a host of friends and acquaintances and a little girl barely into her first year.
He was twenty three when he died. Curtis, while suffering from depression, also suffered from crippling epilepsy. His epileptic fits onstage during performances are well documented. His spontaneous, whirling, dangerous energy during performances is certainly, if not naturally, inspired by his condition.
Joy Division in my opinion capture a moment in time. The post war, Cold…
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