It was 30 years ago today

May 18, 2010

It was 30 years ago today that Ian Curtis died. I remember it all too well. John Peel announced to the world -“bad news folks, Ian Curtis has died” then he played The Fall’s In My Area, one of Ian’s favourite songs. The NME was on strike, so Paul Morley had plenty of time to perfect the obituary. He’s been re-writing it ever since. I still have the copy stashed away, yellowed now. Malcolm Owen was in the same issue, reminding us that Ian wasn’t rock n roll’s only victim. Most eulogised perhaps.

So many words have been written since. Films have been made, myths created. And shattered. That we still seem to care says it all really. Play Atmosphere or Decades or 24 Hours and you remember why.


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