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Joy Devotion: The Importance of Ian Curtis and Fan Culture.
Author: Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

A collection of essays that range from warm, heart-felt narratives from fans; to concise, captivating analytical studies are carefully edited and collated by Jennifer Otter Bickerdike.

Curiously captivating chapters of the book include investigative comparisons of the two starkly opposed biopics 24 Hour Party People and Closer, which amusingly concludes that the two Ian’s from either film would not necessarily get on with each other. Another segment, taken from Jennifer’s own PhD research, is certainly a striking moment in the book. Here she elaborates in ‘Dark Tourism’ on the rite of passage that is attained by some fans when visiting the memorial stone of Ian Curtis.

Added extras include a lightly provocative interview from legendary photographer Kevin Cummins as a Foreword and a note from Stephen Morris as a Preface. The book is a multi-faceted look into the life and hype of Joy Division, covering angles you would not immediately think to consider when looking at the four-year lifetime of the Mancunian band.

About the author- Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is a self confessed anglophile from Santa Cruz. Working as a lawyer in the Record Industry until epiphany struck- and she decided to pack it all in, pack it all up and pursue her life-long dream of achieving a PhD in the U.K. She decided to place Joy Division at the centre of her investigation

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