Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division

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Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division

Format:  Paperback,

240 pages

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux

Publish Date: Oct 2007

ISBN-13: 9780571239566

ISBN-10: 0571239560

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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, Ian Curtis left behind a legacy rich in artistic genius. He was a mesmerizing performer on stange, yet also introverted and prone to mode swings. Engimantic to the last, Ian Curtis died by his own hand on 18 May 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 tour. It tells how, with a wife, 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.

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Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Publish Date: Oct 2007
ISBN-13: 9780571239566
ISBN-10: 0571239560
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.44
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.53 x 0.66 x 7.74

Chapter outline

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xvii
An Urban Soundtrackp. 1
Walk with Me, Take Hold and Seep. 20
Face to Facep. 29
Where Fantasy Endsp. 36
Something Must Breakp. 50
A Newsreel Clipp. 60
Walking on Airp. 65
On a Razor's Edgep. 81
These Daysp. 93
I Know My Life Is Getting Harderp. 102
This Is My Crisisp. 113
Decide for Mep. 123
My Timingp. 130
Written There for Allp. 136
Discographyp. 140
Lyricsp. 145
Unseen Lyricsp. 189
Gig Listp. 202
Indexp. 207

Book description

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, Ian Curtis left behind a legacy rich in artistic genius. He was a mesmerizing performer on stange, yet also introverted and prone to mode swings. Engimantic to the last, Ian Curtis died by his own hand on 18 May 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 tour. It tells how, with a wife, 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.

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Rated 2 out of 5★ by 1reviewer.
Rated 2 out of 5★ by Not a great book, even for Joy Division Fans My family members are all Joy Division fans. We loved the movie, Touching from a Distance, so we got the book. The writing is very dry and you don't really care about any of the characters the way that it is written. The only riveting, and revealing, part of the book is Ian's suicide. Sadly, there aren't many pics, either. 05/07/2013
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