Ian Curtis

Don Your Black Arm Band: Pay Homage to the 35th Anniversary Of Ian Curtis’ Death

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)

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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