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Ian Curtis: 30 years gone.

photo © Shaun Trillo

Joy Division // “Atmosphere” // Directed by Anton Corbijn

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  • Reply Kara May 18, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks for this little tribute ; _ ;

  • Reply jennifer in sf May 18, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    If I ever get my hands on a time machine, a Joy Division concert is the first stop.

  • Reply Kowhai May 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    No way – is that top photo from Wellington, NZ? Our council went on an “anti-graffiti” rampage and blacked it out, but the community backlash was so strong they re-painted it.

  • Reply Anna at D16 May 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    @Kowhai: That is indeed in Wellington! I enjoyed reading the history of the two “Ian Curtis walls” in Wellington — I think it’s fabulous that 30 years on, there are still enough people around who care whether or not memorials like that endure. 🙂

  • Reply Telegram May 19, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Really nice blog!

  • Reply Maree May 19, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Aaah, yes thank you for remembering Anna. I often feel like an island of appreciation for punk culture in a sea of apathy. I clearly remember the day when Ian Curtis was found dead – such a blow to be deprived of his talent, but he then he really was a tortured soul. Rest in peace, indeed.

  • Reply Maree May 19, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Oops, and I meant to say – this is one of the most iconic videos of all time. So painfully beautiful in its stark, other-worldliness. A real masterpiece, and one of the best Joy Division songs ever.

  • Reply Tonia May 20, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Assuming you’ve seen CONTROL, but have you seen SHADOWPLAY? It’s a new documentary about Anton Corbijn that gives an overview of his career and a behind the scenes look at the making of the film. He also talks about making the video for “Atmosphere” and the reactions to it. I caught the film in Toronto during Hot Docs a few weeks ago and it’s making the rounds through film festivals. It’s really good and covers all sorts of territory in his career, not just Joy Division and New Order. You should check it out.

  • Reply Anna at D16 May 20, 2010 at 9:54 am

    @Tonia: I’ve heard about the Corbijn documentary, but I haven’t seen it. As far as I know, it’s only been shown in festivals, etc., but hopefully at some point it will get a cable release so I can see it! (And yes, I’ve seen Control. I thought it was really well done — I’d read Debbie’s book some time ago, and enjoyed that as well.)

  • Reply Ani May 21, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I wish blogs had like buttons.

  • Reply David (Brighton, UK) May 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    At school (and ever since) I adored Joy Division & New Order. Ian Curtis & JD were genius’s … many great bands since have mentioned them as an inspiration.
    I watched ‘Control’ on DVD the other day … great film, casting & acting, & gave an insight into the personl lives & gritty Northern background.
    18 May 1980 was etched in my memory.
    Still play the music & Youtube is great for videos & obscure concert / tv footage.

  • Reply Emily August 26, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I used to catch the bus past that sign every day, nice to see it again 🙂

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