Ian Curtis

Post-punk, Musical Artist

1956 – 1980

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Who was Ian Curtis?

Ian Kevin Curtis was an English musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division. Joy Division released their debut album, Unknown Pleasures, in 1979 and recorded their follow-up, Closer, in 1980. Curtis, who suffered from epilepsy and depression, committed suicide on 18 May 1980, on the eve of Joy Division's first North American tour, resulting in the band's dissolution and the subsequent formation of New Order.

Curtis was known for his baritone voice, dance style, and songwriting filled with imagery of desolation, emptiness and alienation.

In 1995, Curtis' widow Deborah published Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division, a biography of the singer. His life and death have been dramatised in the films 24 Hour Party People and Control.

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Born
Jul 15, 1956
Stretford
Also known as
  • Curtis, Ian
  • Ian Kevin Curtis
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  • United Kingdom
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Died
May 18, 1980
Macclesfield

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on July 23, 2013

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