Today is the 31st anniversary of the untimely death of Ian Curtis, lead singer of English rock band, Joy Division. Joy Division’s roots started from Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook’s attendance of a Sex Pistols show in 1976. The following day Hook borrowed £35 from his mother to buy his first bass guitar. The rest, as they say, is history.
Despite having a short career, Joy Division reached cult status and has become a major inspiration to many alternative bands.
Joy Division’s second and final album, Closer, was released two months after Curtis’ death. The album went on to receive critical acclaim in many publications such as Rolling Stone, Q Magazine, and the NME. The photograph on the album cover is of the Appiani family tomb, located in Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno, Genoa Italy.
You can also watch an interview with New Order that formed after Curtis’ death, and read an interview with Anton Corbijn who produced and directed Control, a 2007 black-and-white biographical film following Curtis’ life from 1973 to 1980.