It’s Ian Curtis’ obit today, after decades of the depressions and fighting against epilepsy he committed suicide 32 years ago. I’ve seen Peter Hook (bassist of Joy Division) performing ‘Unknown Pleasures’ live together with his band The Light. It was the most emotional concert in my life so far and there was a constant in it: the spirit of Ian Curtis that spoke out of the words that he wrote and out of the atmosphere that surrounded his songs.
That’s his legacy, that thousand of Joy Division fans all around the world still live and feel his messages. I bow myself before a man who was one of those who were strangers for far too long. Strangers like Ian, strangers with a different worldview. What he and Joy Division gave them, and still give them, was the feeling of being understood in points no one else can understand.
I was waiting for a guide to come and take me by the hand… He was this kind of guide for his fans.
‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ was the last sign of a poet. An even more tragic song it’s after his death. Love tore him apart, him and life, and life itself torn him apart with all its emotions. Depression, the main topic and musical theme in ‘Closer’, became real in Curtis’ life and so painfully unreal in the end.