TORN APART: THE LIFE OF IAN CURTIS BY Mick Middles and Lindsay ReadeSKU: BK-281 BOOK TORN APART
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Torn Apart: The Life of Ian Curtis
“Torn Apart: The Life of Ian Curtis examines his life, his work, his relationships and the cultural environment in which he lived and died.”
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 biography Torn Apart: The Life of Ian Curtis 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, Middles and Reade 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. Includes many previously unpublished photographs from private collections.
If you’re interested in Joy Division, we also recommend: Unknown Pleasures by Peter Hook and Joy Devotion: The Importance of Ian Curtis and Fan Culture edited by Jennifer Otter Bickerdike
Punk had burst onto the scene with its aggressive raw energy, confrontational lyrics and rhythm guitars spewing out arrangements that were just unorthodox. It was that moment of revolutionary art, overturning what had gone before. Punk has not run its course. It continued, and continues, to this day with its music, spirit and attitude. But it fell on the next wave of bands to exploit the change that had been bought about. So here comes Post Punk – the refining of the raw art form of punk. Lyrics don’t shout protest but more like explain, discuss and contextualise political and social issues. Overwhelmingly independent, usually experimental, often Avant Garde, mostly monochrome, artistically diverse, continually moving forward and always Post.
Pere Ubu had been turning out a post punk sound even before punk had turned up and Bowie and Iggy Pop had been playing in that world too. We can probably point to Public Image as being the first true Post Punk outfit. Following on from PIL came a wave, or more like a tide of bands that were Post Punk. Joy Division and XTC, the Cure, the Slits, the Psychedelic Furs, Adam and the Ants, Durutti Column, Killing Joke, the Membranes, Visage and the fall. Fast forward to now, Interpol, The Killers, The Horrors – all with a lineage that can be traced back to Post Punk.
Our Post Punk Book collection includes Torn Apart the biography of Joy Division vocalist Ian Curtis by Mick Middles and Lindsay Reade, A fantastic photo account of New Order by Kevin Cummins, the story of Joy Division by Peter Hook and the acclaimed Rip it Up and Start Again by Simon Reynolds.