Touching From a Distance

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Faber & Faber, Oct 16, 2014 - Music - 256 pages

The only in-depth biographical account of the legendary lead singer of Joy Division, written by his widow. Includes a foreword by Jon Savage and an introduction by Joy Division drummer, Steven Morris.

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.


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In Touching From a Distance, Deborah Curtis retells the life of her husband, Ian Curtis - the lead singer and founder of the British punk band Joy Division. Deborah chronically Ian's tragically short ... Read full review

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Deborah Curtis presents a brief biography of the man- or maybe the boy- she married and gives the reader a glimpse at the very human side of her husband Ian Curtis. Deborah presents the good and the ... Read full review

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Title Page
ForewordbyJon Savage
Walk with Me Take Hold and
Where Fantasy Ends
A Newsreel Clip
On a Razors Edge
I Know My Life Is Getting Harder
Decide for
Unseen Lyrics

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

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