'An extraordinary book, a steely-eyed look at the pitfalls of fame and a fascinating insight into one man's heart and soul, written by the only person qualified for the job. Most books about rock and roll cling greedily to the myths of the subject; this one tears them apart.' Ian Rankin
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This is the only in-depth biographical account of the legendary lead singer of Joy Division, written by his widow. Revered by his peers and idolised by his fans, Ian Curtis left behind a legacy rich in artistic genius. But although mesmerising on stage, in his private life he was introverted and had desperate mood swings. In "Touching from a Distance" his widow pieces together why - despite his impending international fame and young family - Curtis took his own life on 18 May 1980. Regarded as the essential book on the essential icon of the post-punk era, "Touching from a Distance" includes a full set of Curtis' lyrics, discography and gig list.