|Ian Curtis O Level results and Upper Fifth Divinity Prize 1972|
|Rico was at the
same school as Ian Curtis and shares the following
information from his blog
"...just 8 years before the end, about to turn 16, Ian Curtis was preparing to leave the King’s School, Macclesfield, armed with 7 “O” Levels and a religious education award. I know this because he was in Upper 5 Modern and I was in Lower 5 Modern, and I happened to find this rather historically interesting 1972 school report in a box of old stuff":
Ian achieved O Levels in: English, English Language, Religious Knowledge, History, Latin, French and Maths. He was also awarded a Divinity Prize:
Rico tells us: "I didn’t know Ian well, although we were both in the Dramatic Society and I think we were both in a play called The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew. The last time I saw him was in 1976. He handed me a dole cheque through a pane of glass and we exchanged nods".
Many thanks to Rico for sharing this information from his blog: Rico's reel
|Ian Curtis school poem|
|A piece of Ian
Curtis's personal history achieved £1,100 (£1,375 including
commission) at auction (TracksAuction.com) 23rd November 2014, a poem penned
while he was still at achool ariound 1966/67.
Click photos for larger images
Thanks to Jason Cornthwaite at Tracks for permission to use the photos
The auction catalogue read:
An original handwritten poem by the lead singer of Joy Division, Ian Curtis. Ian wrote the poem at school circa 1966/1967. The poem is written on a piece of lined paper and is glued into a school book called Our Book Of Epitaphs along with poems from the other pupils in the class. It reads, “An Epitaph for an Electrian (sic), Here lies Fred the electrian (sic), who went on a very fateful mission, he got a shock when tampering with a fuse, which went from his head right down to his shoes, by I. Curtis”. Ian has also drawn a small picture of a man and a tombstone. The poem comes with a letter from the owner who was a fellow pupil. It reads, “I grew up on Hurdsfield Estate, Macclesfield where I attended Hurdsfield Junior School. I started Hurdsfield Junior School in 1963 where I met Ian Curtis, he was a fellow pupil in my class and we went through school together. Mr Young was our teacher when this piece of work was carried out, he himself has got a poem in the book along with myself and all the other pupils in the class. This poem was written in 1966 or 1967. I was presented with the book at the end of the school year for being head boy. At the time the head teacher was called Mr Tattasall. Ian Curtis lived on Grey Stoke Road, Hurdsfield Estate, I lived on Delemere Road, Hurdsfield Estate, Cheshire”.
The poem measures 16.5cm x 9.5cm (6.5 inches x 3.75 inches), the book measures 28.5cm x 22cm (11.25 inches x 8.75 inches). The condition of the poem is excellent. There is some wear and aging to the book and a vertical crease down the last 5 pages and back cover. A few of the poems have also become detached from the book. The condition of the book is very good minus.
|Our Jon Savage Interview 2014|
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
|Ian Curtis 1977 Office Party photos surface in September 2014|
Ian Curtis showing his lighter side at an office party circa
1977 surfaced on the Invincible Error Tumblr
The photos had previously been posted on Instagram by
someone who obtained them from a work colleague.
We're not sure when these photos were taken but you can read our article about Ian's working life here
|Annik Honoré 12 October 1957 - 3 July 2014|
|We are very sorry
to hear of the death of Annik Honoré earlier today following
a serious illness. Annik was the co-founder of independent
record label Les Disques Du Crépuscule and promoted a number
of legendary concerts at Plan K in Brussels. She was also
Ian Curtis's girfriend and confidante.
Image thanks to Le Soir
She had the most dignity of anyone I ever met, protective of intrusion into her life, yes, but always balanced with dignity - Lindsay Reade
|Our Paul Slattery Interview 2014|
I regularly attend the monthly residency gigs of The Fallen Leaves at London’s 12 Bar Club. Another regular at these gatherings is photographer Paul Slattery – renowned for his absorbing pictorial work on the likes of The Ramones, The Smiths, and Oasis amongst many others. Paul graciously agreed to be interviewed about a certain photoshoot he undertook on July 28th, 1979….. Lee McFadden
Click image to go to the interview page
|Record Collector June 2014 - issue 428|
|Joy Division feature on the
cover and there's a 6 page article on the making of Unknown
Pleasures by Jake Kennedy.
|Ticket for A
Video Circus 25th July 1981
JohnC tells us: "... digging through my bat cave - found this. Given to me by Larry Cassidy. SXXV were staying with me in Santa Barbara at the time they played here as I booked them
into Casa de la Raza supported by The Rotters - first Factory band to play in SB!
Memorial Stone Erected December 2008
In January 2008 Tony Wilson's first wife, Lindsay Reade, was visiting his grave in Southern Cemetery and decided to call in on Martin Hannett and Rob Gretton as they were part of the reason Tony chose to be buried there.
She had to get help from the office for location but found them both and was horrified to discover that Martin Hannett was lying in a totally unmarked grave.
Her visit set off a chain of events which led to Martin getting a fitting memorial in December 2008.
You can read the full story on our messageboard
Joy Division Zune Player (2008)
Microsoft mp3 player
Retail price $399.99
Limited edition of 500
Preloaded with Grant Gee's Joy Division documentary
Black background with Peter Saville design
3.2 inch colour screen
FM radio + wireless capability built in
Available from zuneoriginals.net
Follow up press release:
In follow up to the release of a custom Zune digital media player commemorating the 'Joy Division' documentary DVD, Zune Marketplace is now featuring exclusive Joy Division content including a 3-part video podcast that is available for free download. In an exclusive interview, the band's former bassist Peter Hook talks about Joy Division's tremendous influence on modern music and youth movements in addition to offering some very personal reflections about moving on without Ian Curtis.
As companion elements to the video podcasts, Zune Marketplace is also featuring the full Joy Division catalogue, as well as two unique Peter Hook curated Guestlist features. The Guestlists contain music handpicked by Peter himself, and reveal songs that inspired the original Joy Division recordings as well as modern music that inspires him today from bands like LCD Soundsystem, Perry Farrell's Satellite Party, and Peter Bjorn and John.
|Rhino Records promo items 2007|
|US promo items for Joy
Division re-issues and Control movie 2007.
Badges, ear plugs and 7" She's Lost Control / Dead Souls
|Joy Division Bar, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2007 - 2008)|
|Inspired by The Haçienda
style and by Peter Saville´s magnificent artwork, Joy Division
was the new and exciting place to enjoy the post-punk
atmosphere of Manchester, in Brazil, as well as the new
tendencies influenced by that musical scene.
The Joy Division bar closed in July 2008 - to be replaced by the New Order pub:
May 2007: Joy Division tape sells for £1550 GBP on Ebay
- but postage is free
The tape was described as follows on Ebay:
"A studio reference mix tape featuring unreleased versions of She's Lost Control and Atmosphere sold for a record amount on Ebay. The tape, which also features some Cabaret Voltaire tracks, includes a recording of Martin Hannet chatting to studio staff as he tunes Stephen Morris's drum kit".
Update: this tape actually contained high quality recordings of the New Order Western Works Demos
Curtis's kitchen table:
At the end of 2005 we had an email from Paul and Vicky in Macclesfield. They were redecorating their house, which meant there would be no place for the kitchen table ... Ian and Deborah Curtis's old kitchen table.
Vicky's mum used to run a bed and breakfast across the road from 77 Barton Street and bought the house, with some contents, from Deborah Curtis. Years later Vicky had inherited the table when setting up her own home.
We put them in touch with Deborah Curtis and the original plan was for Natalie to have the table. However, that didn't come to fruition and the table sold on Ebay for £100.
Deborah recalls her parents buying it in the 1950s, although it has a British Standard sticker on the underside with the date 1960. The table is 95cm long by 75cm wide normally, with two flaps which allow it to extend to approx 150cm in length.
Table image reproduced here with permission
Fast forward to November 2013, the table resurfaced onEbay and the price rocketed with a winning bid of £8,400 - enough to buy three or four houses when Deborah's parents originally bought it.
However, that wasn't the end of the story. Following negative press coverage wrongly claiming the table was involved in Ian's tragic death the top bidder pulled out. The table has was relisted and sold again for £1,120.00
|Sex Pistols -
Free Trade Hall ticket:
It was revealed at a Buzzcocks talk (at Urbis, Manchester 2005) that the tickets were made by Howard Devoto on a Bandermaster. Here's how someone who was at the talk describes it: "Do you remember that system they used to use in schools whereby you typed onto waxed paper, stuck it in a bizarre hand-wound contraption and made multiple copies of your typing? He did the tickets on that. I think he said there were four tickets per A4 sheet - and he cut them all out"
Bedge was at the original concert and sent us the ticket scan:
"Here's a scan of my Pistols gig ticket from 4th June 1976. It was stamped and organised by BITSU (Bolton Institute of Technology Students Union) apparently. It says Pistols plus Buzzcocks, but a hippy band called Solstice played instead. I went to this gig with Barney, Hooky, Terry, and another school mate called Crazy Mike. Remember seeing Mc Claren at the exit, and also recall (probably) John the Postman "dancing", how loud the Pistols were, and how friendly Rotten was at the end. Ian et al also were in attendance apparently, but didn't know this at the time"
|Mystery Setlist: (Solved)
Bryan Kee has sent us this scan of a set list he obtained from a journalist some time ago. It's the original, and is in Ian's handwriting, apart from the encores.
Update December 2017: Another near identical set list from the same concert has turned up - and confirms this as the Check Inn, Altrincham 20 Nov 1978 concert. See gig listing for more info.
what we know:
The set list was obtained from a journalist
It's written on thin paper torn from a book.
The journalist probably wrote the encores (blue ink) on the set list himself
Bedge sent us this one saying "The set list probably came from when they came to London and we all stayed in the Priority Hotel in Queensgate (at the time of the Hope and Anchor and Marquees gigs)".
Another submission from Bedge who tells us - "Looks like some kind of promo that they intended doing, but as Leebo and Platty were mentioned, it must have been really early. Upper Camp Street is in Broughton where they used to rehearse".
Another submission from Bedge - " The Scala poster was a bit later. Ian had met/was with Annik, and JD were due to play as "friends" but didn't (probably coz Ian wasn't up to it). It was a great night however. I remember having a long a fun packed chat with Ian and Annik in the bar and with various Factory/Final Solution lot. Good times"!
Tattoos now have their own page:
Staglieno Cemetery, Italy
Where the cover photos for the Love Will Tear Us Apart 12" and Closer album came from.