Joy Devotion - A Year of Trash, Trinkets and Tributes at the Ian Curtis Memorial Stone

Published: 12 July 2012

Author: Jennifer K Otter
Publisher: Self published
  • Linen hardcover with full colour dust jacket and flaps
  • Hardcover imagewrap - design printed on the hard cover
  • Softcover, Flexible, high-gloss laminated cover

"Located just over 15 miles outside of the English hub of Manchester, Macclesfield was the home of the late singer and lyricist Ian Curtis, front man for post-punk pioneers Joy Division. The ashes of Curtis are now buried minutes away from where he lived, at the Macclesfield Cemetery and Crematorium.

Though it has been over 30 years since he took his life, an estimated 2,000 people annually make their way to the small, quaint Northern town, on a quest to pay homage to Curtis. Traveling from as far-flung destinations as Japan, Texas and Australia, fans embark on sonic pilgrimages to walk the streets that inspired Curtis, see the house where he once inhabited- and pay their respects at Curtisís Memorial Stone.

As a part of her PhD research, photographer Jennifer Otter captured images of the fans, flowers and fauna every month over the course of a year at the Curtis 'kerb.' Joy Devotion: A Year of Trash, Trinkets and Tributes at the Ian Curtis Memorial Stone documents the ever-changing homages to the singer and provides unique insight into music, community and memory.

+ Features all new colour map of Macclesfied Cemetary and Crematorium, including path to Ian Curtis Memorial Stone;

+ A year of pictures documenting the trash, trinkets, and tributes left at the Ian Curtis Memorial Stone, including the 30 Year Anniversary of 2010;

+ New essays from Robert Warhurst, employee of Macclesfield Cemetary and Crematorium for over 30 years; Ian Seivwright, devout fan, Lydia Bevan, Hand Drawn maps, and the author".


Fandom, Image and Authenticity: Joy Devotion and the Second Lives of Kurt Cobain and Ian Curtis (Pop Music, Culture and Identity)

Published: 7 October 2014

Author: Jennifer Otter Bickerdike
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Hardcover: 210 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1137393521
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1137393524

212 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1349483591
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1349483594

Kurt Cobain and Ian Curtis. Through death, they became icons. However, the lead singers have been removed from their humanity, replaced by easily replicated and distributed commodities bearing their image. This book examines how the anglicised singers provide secular guidance to the modern consumer in an ever more uncertain world.

Joy Devotion: The Importance of Ian Curtis and fan culture

Published: 15 July 2016

Author: Jennifer Otter Bickerdike
Publisher: Headpress

Hardback "no ISBN Special Edition"

Paperback 130 pages ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1909394289
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1909394285

"Joy Devotion: The Importance of Ian Curtis and fan culture explores the lasting legacy in the fan, post-punk and economy of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, and what such dedication says about the larger issues facing us in a modern world. Essays on Curtis, exploring ideas of memory, death, technology, fandom and secular religion will be complemented by photos taken at the Ian Curtis Memorial Stone every month for a year, beginning fall 2009 through 2010. Stakeholders in the Curtis legacy, from fans to artists, contribute their personal insights, allowing for intimate and never before allowed access to the very people who Curtis has continued to influence and inspire long past his untimely death in 1980.

With a foreword by Kevin Cummins. Preface by Stephen Morris".