Ian Curtis: Torn Apart

Ian Curtis: Torn Apart

by Mick Middles


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Joy Division's Vocalist Ian Curtis Tragically Took His Own Life in 1980. Leaving Behind Just Two Haunting Albums and A Depleted Band That Would Famously Evolve Into New Order.

Over twenty-five years later, the cult surrounding Curtis shows no signs of fading. Fans make regular pilgrimages to his hometown of Macclesfield and to Manchester, where the legacy of Joy Division and Factory Records has passed into legend.

The authors of this new biography are uniquely qualified to reveal the extraordinary events surrounding Ian Curtis. Mick Middles was the first journalist to interview Joy Division for the music press and formed a close association with the band. Lindsay Reade was a co-founder of Factory Records along with her then-husband Tony Wilson. Together they have revisited the legend of Ian Curtis and produced the first full-length account of this troubled man's life, work and relationships in the midst of the unique explosion of pop energy that hit Manchester in the late Seventies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847725080
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 765,691
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction & Acknowledgements vii

Chapter 1 Memories Of A Child's Past 1

Chapter 2 I Was Looking For A Friend 13

Chapter 3 I Remember When We Were Young 22

Chapter 4 Here Are The Young Men 34

Chapter 5 Leaders Of Men 56

Chapter 6 The Beat Of The Show 73

Chapter 7 This Is They Way, Step Inside 87

Chapter 8 Isolation 102

Chapter 9 Monochrome 112

Chapter 10 Unknown Pleasures 124

Chapter 11 Just For One Moment I Thought I'd Found My Way 136

Chapter 12 Taking Different Roads 151

Chapter 13 A Different Kind Of Tension 160

Chapter 14 Atmosphere 172

Chapter 15 Destinations Always Change 182

Chapter 16 Watching Love Grow 195

Chapter 17 Closer 208

Chapter 18 The Present Is Well Out Of Hand 218

Chapter 19 A Cry For Help, A Hint Of Anaesthesia 230

Chapter 20 Watching The Reel As It Comes To A Close 243

Chapter 21 When All's Said And Done 258

Postscript-Ian Curtis Day, May 18, 2005 267

Afterword 2009-The Icon Who Is Larger Than Life 271


1 Where Are They Now 283

2 The Writings Of Kevin Curtis 286

3 Joy Division Discography 295

4 Joy Division Film & TV Appearances 304

5 Joy Division Concert Listing 307

6 Two Songs About Ian Curtis 311

7 Bibliography 314

Index 315

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