Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division
Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division by Deborah Curtis
Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division Author: Deborah Curtis
Title: Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division
ISBN: 0571224814
ISBN13: 978-0571224814
Other Formats: lit doc mbr lrf
Pages: 240 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2 edition (March 24, 2014)
Language: English
Category: Arts & Photography
Size PDF version: 1274 kb
Size EPUB version: 1387 kb
Subcategory: Music




The only in-depth biographical account of the lead singer of Joy Division, written by his widow.

Revered by his peers--Bono described his voice as "holy"--and idolized by his fans, musician Ian Curtis left behind a legacy rich in artistic genius. He was a mesmerizing performer on stage, yet also introverted and prone to mood swings. Enigmatic to the last, Ian Curtis died by his own hand on May 18, 1980.

Touching from a Distance describes Curtis's life from his early teenage years to his premature death on the eve of Joy Division's first American music tour. It tells how, with a wife, a child, and impending international fame, he was seduced by the glory of an early grave. What were the reasons for his fascination with death? Were his dark, brooding lyrics an artistic exorcism? In Touching from a Distance, Curtis's widow, Deborah, explains the drama of his life and the tragedy of his death.

Includes discography, gig list, and a full set of Curtis's lyrics, some of which appear in print for the first time.