Ian Curtis

Ian Curtis was an English singer, poet and songwriter who is best remembered as the lyricist and lead singer of the very influential English post-punk band Joy Division. Joy Division is famous releasing songs such as Love Will Tear Us Apart, Disorder, The Eternal and Shadowplay.  On May 18th, 1980, Curtis’s life and career came to a premature end after he tragically committed suicide by hanging. He was only 23 years old.

Ian Curtis performing with Joy Division

Ian Curtis performing live in Manchester in 1979. Source: Wikimedia: Author: Kevin Cummins.

Ian Curtis’ Personal Life

Curtis was born Ian Kevin Curtis on 15 July 1956 in Lancashire, England. Curtis got married to his school friend Deborah Woodruff in the year 1975 and had a daughter with her. Curtis and Deborah remained married until Curtis’ sudden death in 1980.

Interesting Facts about Ian Curtis

  • Curtis suffered severely from epilepsy (which he was officially diagnosed with in 1979) and depression, which contributed to his suicide.
  • The last performance Curtis had with Joy Division took place on the campus of Birmingham University on May 2nd 1980. Approximately sixteen days later, he committed suicide in his kitchen.
  • One of the last things Curtis did before committing suicide was watch the 1977 film Stroszek and listen to American rock singer Iggy Pop’s legendary debut solo album The Idiot. When Curtis’ lifeless body was discovered by his wife, the album was on his turntable, still spinning.
  • After Curtis’ death, his wife revealed that on a number of occasions, Curtis had told her he never wanted to live beyond his twenties.
  • Joy Division’s legendary second and final album Closer was released two months after Curtis’ death.

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  1. July 21, 2017

    […] Division was an English rock band that existed between 1976 and 1980. The band was made up of Ian Curtis (lead singer) Peter Hook (bass player), Bernard Sumner (keyboardist) and Stephen Morris (drummer). […]

  2. November 8, 2017

    […] life of a young woman suffering from epilepsy. In the late 1970s (precisely between 1978 and 1979), Ian Curtis, the singer and lyricist of Joy Division worked as a civil servant at an occupational […]

  3. November 11, 2017

    […] English post-punk band Joy Division. The dark lyrics, which were written by Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, are mainly based on the problems that he was facing with his wife Deborah Curtis due to his […]

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    […] Joy Division. Despite the lyrics of Atmosphere never being explained to the press by its writer Ian Curtis or the other member of Joy Division, the lyrics clearly revolve around sorrow, pain, darkness and […]

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