- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber (October 4, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571239560
- ISBN-13: 978-0571239566
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division Paperback – October 4, 2007
"Fans of both bands will find this memoir revelatory."―Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Deborah Curtis is the author of Touching from a Distance, her memoir of her late husband Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division.
Top Customer Reviews
I think that Deborah Curtis' story clearly illustrates that if one is not wanting help, no matter how many people there are willing and able to help, there is no helping to be had by that person. Ian Curtis clearly did not want help. Deborah Curtis honestly portrays the helplessness she felt as well as, understandably, the exhaustion one cannot help feeling when dealing with a difficult person. As Deborah Curtis points out in her book, despite all the turns of circumstances and dire outcomes that could make someone want to commit suicide, dying at a young age is something Ian had always wanted to achieve. Ian Curtis chose his lifestyle accordingly for the inevitable to occur, to reach his desire to become a legendary "James Dean" figure.Read more ›
Before the suicide that boosted record sales and confirmed Curtis' status among legends, the music press were already drawing attention to his burgeoning problem with epilepsy. Spurred on by his frantic, spasmodic dancing, live audiences must have seemed like eager spectators in a freak-show, baying for the crescendo of an on-stage fit. While this focal-point may have generated the hype the band needed in a highly-competitive industry, to Ian - whose depression was compounding his illness - the press reviews struck some disturbing parallels close to the bone ("In his opinion they were like psychiatric reports, even using the appropriate terminology and references"). Deborah reveals a man deeply embarrassed of his illness, yet obviously aware of its play in his desperate will for success. She portrays a man of contradictions, a Jekyll-and-Hyde figure: 'one-of-the-lads' to his bandmates and friends, while concealing a darker personality that sought refuge in thoughtful literature (Hesse, Dostoyevsky, Conrad, Ballard), held an interest in Nazism, and was fascinated by "extreme concepts and philosophies". Not to mention a death wish.Read more ›
There may be many things Deborah didn't understand about her husband, but in all fairness, he got what he asked for in a wife. Women's lib hadn't reached the outskirts of Manchester in the early seventies, apparently, and Ian falls firmly into the retro male chauvinist pig category, despite his forays into eye shadow and fluffy pink funfur jackets. (Her first description of seeing him looking out over the wasteland below his housing project, thus attired screams out for film treatment.) The dead-end jobs, the stifling working class mores, the getting married straight from home is all too depressingly reminiscent of the lives of some of my own relatives. Listening to Joy Divisions music it's easy to read a more sophisticated backdrop into it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good information though some of the writing was 'childish'. DC doesn't paint herself in a very positive light.Published 10 months ago by SomeBlerk
Generally, I agree with Charles Meredith's earlier review of the book. I bought the book because I wanted to know more about Ian Curtis, who left this world too early without much... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sim Ji Yoon
I'm only partly into this book, but I agree with other 1 and 2 star reviews. It sounds like a lot of wingeing from an ex wife who was cheated on and had decades for her anger to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by BaranStudioArchitecture
One of my favorite music bios. A compelling view of Ian Curtis' life as told through an intimate lens. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lucas Kelly
Overall a pretty good book. I thought Unknown Pleasures by Peter Hook was a better read. Written from his wife's point of view it kind of focuses on the more personal details of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jonathan Lynn Stewart
If you are a fan of Joy Division you need to read this book.
Apart from the story behind Ian and Debra,s relationship there is a full list of songs
and all the gigs that... Read more