TOUCHING FROM A DISTANCE: IAN CURTIS & JOY DIVISION BY DEBORAH CURTISSKU: AC-BK082
Touching from a Distance
‘If somebody kills themselves, they have the last word’ – Deborah Curtis
Deborah Curtis’ personal memories in Touching from a Distance are like the words before Ian Curtis’ fatal, figurative full stop. The tortured icon – known best for being the lead singer of post-punk outfit Joy Division – is a man who has been immortalised by the industry in many photographs, films, newly released records, and the like. Deborah explores how Ian was seduced and reduced by his stardom, and the book – whose title is taken from the lyrics of Joy Division’s ‘Transmission’ – reveals intimately the life of the tormented legend from the only person who really has a claim on it. Never before has a portrait of the post-punk pariah been personally painted from such an everyday, domestic perspective. The book is completely open and vulnerable: details of the legend’s infidelity, battle with mental health and epilepsy, his devotion to his art are all written about under the guise of a tumultuous marriage. The mood of the book is distressing, yet fascinating in its severity.
The book includes a foreword from both Jon Savage and Joy Division drummer Stephen Morris, as well as an array of his lyrics and photographs.
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