I can hardly believe that today marks the 35th anniversary of the death of Ian Curtis. In many ways it seems like yesterday. Joy Division where the band that kept me sane during the Falklands conflict in 1982. Their dark mournful post punk sound provided me with an anchor.
Whilst I didn’t really discover the band until after Curtis’s death I still love their albums and I was lucky enough to see Peter Hook and the Light perform a set consisting almost exclusively at last years Bearded Theory festival.
Tonight Peter Hook and the light are playing a show in an old Church in Macclesfield during which they will play Joy Divisions entire 48 song back catalogue in front of 500 people. Man how I would love to be there.
The proceeds from the gig will be donated to the The Epilepsy Society. Curtis was just 23 when he took his own life. I often wonder what the music industry would look like today if Curtis was still around. I have always been convinced that Joy Division were on their way to becoming one of the biggest bands in the world, they certainly left mark, but how much bigger would that mark had been if Curtis was still with us.
RIP – Ian Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980)