Holiday Gift Guide Pick
"'This is Permanence' reveals the personal writings of Joy Division lead singer and influential songwriter Ian Curtis in a beautiful cloth-bound anthology. Curtis committed suicide in 1980 before the British band's first US tour, and the book includes a foreword by his widow, Deborah, as well as song lyrics, an appendix listing his personal book library and a selection of interviews from his relatively short but important career."
"Beautifully bound and printed, So This is Permanence
is primarily a set of facsimiles: the lyrics of Joy Division's Ian Curtis on note paper, complete with lines scratched out in pen. But the introductions by Curtis' wife Deborah and critic Jon Savage are revealing and insightful on the erudite performer undone by epilepsy and the mounting pressure of stardom. After Curtis' 1980 suicide, Joy Division regrouped as New Order. He left behind a parcel of intriguing, disturbing songs, including the unforgettable impression of an impending breakup, 'Love Will Tear Us Apart.'"
"So This Is Permanence collects his handwritten words, setting them next to typeset versions of what they would become. (Sometimes they're the same, but there are plenty of differences.) The book-lovely and clothbound to resemble the band's posthumous collection Still-also features reproductions of old fan letters and flyers that Curtis' widow had kept."
Holiday Gift Guide Pick "Permanence
offers rare personal insight on an artist otherwise basked in mystique. His poetic brilliance, ominous and beautiful, remains startling even when stripped of its aural component and regardless of a familiarity with the group's chilling post-punk."
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Ian Curtis was born in Stretford, Lancashire, and grew up in Macclesfield. He met his Joy Division bandmates Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook at a Sex Pistols gig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, in 1976. Later joined by drummer Stephen Morris, Joy Division released two seminal post-punk albums: Unknown Pleasures (1979) and the posthumous Closer (1980). Jon Savage is the author of England's Dreaming: Sex pistols and Punk Rock, Teenage: The Creation of Youth, 1875-1945 and The England's Dreaming Tapes. He has written sleevenotes for Wire, St Etienne and the Pet Shop Boys, among others, and his compilations include: Meridian 1970 (Heavenly/EMI 2005), Queer Noises 61-78: From the Closet to the Charts (Trikont 2006) and Dreams Come True: Classic Electro 1982-1987 (Domino 2008).