Touching From a Distance

Front Cover
Faber & Faber, Nov 25, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
123 Reviews

Revered by his peers and idolized by his fans, Ian Curtis left behind a legacy rich in artistic genius. Mesmerizing on stage but introverted and prone to desperate mood swings in his private life, Curtis died by his own hand on 18 May 1980.

Touching from a Distance documents how, with a wife, child and impending international fame, Curtis was seduced by the glory of an early grave. Regarded as the essential book on the essential icon of the post-punk era, Touching from a Distance includes a full set of Curtis's lyrics and a discography and gig list.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Great insight, well written, very good - Goodreads
The writing indicates no warmth, no compassion. - Goodreads
Wonderful insight into a great and tragic artist. - Goodreads
A good read and a great insight to there relationship - Goodreads
Great Insight in the live of an icon ! - Goodreads
An amazing insight into one of musics great frontmen. - Goodreads

Review: Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division

User Review  - Dierregi - Goodreads

I bought the book after having watched the movie "Control", which I enjoyed. However, I was surprised to learn that such a dispassionate movie was based on the biography written by Ian Curtis's widow ... Read full review

Review: Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division

User Review  - HA Mims - Goodreads

I've always been a huge fan of Joy Division, and this was a well-written and straightforward account of Ian's life. The book was quite a bit shorter than I was expecting half of it is comprised of lyrics and discography. But well worth the read either way. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Deborah Curtis is the author of Touching from a Distance, her memoir of Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division.

Bibliographic information