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Ian Curtis

Born: 1956-07-15 - Died: 1980-05-18
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Death Summary: Curtis had a history of epilepsy, and often had seizures during Joy Division shows. This contributed to the depression that would ultimately lead to his suicide.

He hanged himself in his kitchen the morning after playing his last show with Joy Division, watching the film Stroszek, and listening to the Iggy Pop album The Idiot.

He left clues of his impending doom in the lyrics to his songs, much like the late Kurt Cobain, but nobody took his lyrics that seriously until he took his own life.

Someone eventually stole his tombstone which was inscribed with the words "Love Will Tear Us Apart", the title of a popular Joy Division song.

Who was Ian Curtis : Ian Kevin Curtis was the lead singer and lyricist of the late 70s rock band Joy Division, a band whose surviving members would later make up 80s band New Order.

Joy Division recorded two full length albums and earned a rather large cult following and influenced bands from Bauhaus and the Cure to U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Several films have been made in relation to Joy Division and Curtis's story. 24 hour Party People, Control, and the documentary Joy Division.
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6 Signatures in Ian Curtis's guestbook

  1. Bella Says:

    Dear Ian, I was only 9 years old when you passed on. I discovered the joy of Joy Division in my late teens. Thank the gods for having had the opportunity to get to know you through your music. I love you.

  2. David Eustice Says:

    Joy Division remains with me today.. Thank you Ian.

  3. Anonymous Jerk Says:

    I hope then Sylvain Viger the Montrealer commits his suicide is a shame citizen weirdo and obsessive and disturbed mentally.
    I hate him ! till went to hell with his soul !

  4. Mary A. Fogel Says:

    To a long lost man,who brought a song to a life.To us all y you live in our hearts with,Joy!

  5. Mary A. Fogel Says:

    To a long lost man,who brought a song to a life.To us all you live in our hearts with,Joy!

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