So This is Permanence: Lyrics and Notebooks

Author: Jon Savage, Deborah Curtis
Published: 16th October 2014 (UK)
304 pages
Faber & Faber
RRP £20.00
(£18.00 at Amazon - see right)
ISBN-10: 0571309550
ISBN-13: 978-0571309559

For limited edition signed version
see below

Our review:

This is a big 274 page 28 x 21cm hardback which is big on content. We'd hoped this would be packed with unpublished images of Ian's notebooks and we're not disappointed.

Focussing on his lyrics there's an initial section with the finished songs featuring the handwritten version on one page and the typed up version opposite. This is followed by a large section with handwritten lyrics to unfinished songs, early versions and other prose. Finally there's a section with other items from Ian's archive - book covers, letters from fans, pages from fanzines etc.

This is clearly a labour of love and Jon Savage explains in the intro how they selected the images for the book - generally the most complete version in Ian's notebooks.

"His lyrics tell much more than a conversation with him ever could" - Deborah Curtis

Highly recommended
We interview Jon Savage:

Lee McFadden poses some questions to Jon Savage regarding the recently published "So this is Permanence" - a collection of Ian Curtis's lyrics and writing.

Click image to go to interview page



So This is Permanence: Lyrics and Notebooks
Limited edition

Author: Jon Savage, Deborah Curtis
Published: 16th October 2014 (UK)
304 pages per standard edition, plus tipped-in signed numbered limitation page
Faber & Faber
Hardback in black slipcase
Limited to 200 numbered copies
Signed by Jon Savage, Deborah Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner
Contains reproduction print of She's Lost Control lyrics also signed by the above
RRP £200.00

ISBN-10: 0571309566
ISBN-13: 978-0571309566


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This edition sold out within hours of being announced on the Faber & Faber web site
Thanks to John Gardner for the images
Publisher's pre-release description

A very limited edition book of the lyrics and notes of Joy Division Legend; Ian Curtis.

Every copy will be signed by the surviving members of Joy Division (Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner) plus Deborah Curtis and Jon Savage.

Limited to 200 copies.

Book to be full-bound in pale grey cloth, title blocked on front and spine in grey foil.

Head and tailbands, coloured endpapers.

Inside front of case to have paper envelope attached, containing exclusive high-quality print reproduction of 'She's Lost Control' lyrics as per notebooks, also to be signed and numbered.

Black, blind-blocked, cloth-covered slipcase.

Brown paper wrapped and numbered label.


Ian Curtis Facsimile 20 copies Published 8 December 2014

Sold by Faber and Faber December 2014 for £125 this was essentially the insert previously issued with the limited edition version of So This Is Permanence

Faber web site

To complement publication of So this is Permanence, Ian Curtis’s collected lyrics and notebooks in facsimile form, Faber Social is offering a limited edition print of She’s Lost Control exclusive to customers on the website.The print of the song, written and recorded in 1979, is signed by Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Peter Hook, Deborah Curtis and Jon Savage, editors of the volume of Curtis’s lyrics. The run is limited to 20 copies only and comes in a specially designed presentation envelope. A fantastic gift or purchase for the Joy Division completist, the handwritten lyric taken from one of Ian Curtis’s three surviving notebooks represents the genesis-point of one of the signature tunes in the Joy Division catalogue.

- 20 facsimiles at £125 each, available to buy from the Faber & Faber website here.
– signed by Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Peter Hook, Deborah Curtis and Jon Savage
– exclusive high-quality print reproduction of ‘She’s Lost Control’ lyrics as per notebooks
– 300gsm silk board presentation sleeve



So This is Permanence: Joy Division Lyrics and Notebooks

Author: Jon Savage, Deborah Curtis
UK paperback version in different cover 20th August 2015
304 pages
Faber & Faber
RRP £20.30

ISBN-10: 0571309577
ISBN-13: 978-0571309573

Dimensions: 20.4 x 2.4 x 28 cm


Joy Division, Paroles et Carnets de Notes
French edition

Editor: Robert Laffont
Published: 13th November 2014
ISBN-10: 2221144880
ISBN-13: 978-2221144886




So This Is Permanence: Songtexte und Notizen
German edition

Editor: Rowohlt Verlag Gmbh
Published: 24th October 2014
368 pages
ISBN-10: 3498008056
ISBN-13: 978-3498008055



Ian Curtis En Cuerpo y Alma Cancionero de Joy Division

Spanish edition
Bilingual, with Spanish translation by Daniel Gascón
Publisher: Malpaso
Published 2015
Hardback book
240 pages
ISBN: 9 788415 996347

Black cover with white on grey/silver fold-over obi/strip on the front, Country of release: Spain