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Ian Curtis

lead vocalist of Joy Division

Ian Curtis

lead vocalist of Joy Division
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birthday
15th
July, 1956
Death
18th
May, 1980
Birth Place
Stretford, Lancashire, England
Birth Sign
cancer
Biography

Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division and recorded two albums with the group: Unknown Pleasures (1979) and Closer (1980). Curtis was known for his bass-baritone voice, dance style and songwriting typically filled with imagery of desolation, emptiness and alienation.
Curtis suffered from epilepsy and depression and died by suicide on the eve of Joy Division’s first North American tour and shortly before the release of Closer. His death led to the band’s dissolution and the subsequent formation of New Order.
Despite their short career, Joy Division have exerted a wide-reaching influence. John Bush of AllMusic argues that they “became the first band in the post-punk movement by … emphasizing not anger and energy but mood and expression, pointing ahead to the rise of melancholy alternative music in the ’80s”. According to critic Simon Reynolds, Joy Division’s influence has extended from contemporaries such as U2 and The Cure to later acts including Interpol, Bloc Party and Editors. Rap artists such as Danny Brown and Vince Staples have cited the band as an influence.

instruments played
Guitar
melodica
synthesizer
Vocals
Associated Acts

Joy Division

Birth Name

Ian Kevin Curtis

Genres

Post-punk

Labels

Factory

Occupations

Singer-songwriter musician

Years Active

1976 1980

Name

Ian Curtis

Nationality

United Kingdom

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