Written by David Campos (@magicdave1983)
IAN CURTIS: July 15th, 1956 – May 18, 1980
On May 22, 2011, my brother and I were in Manchester, England, one of our stops in our European trip that year. One reason we traveled to that city was for a classic football match between Manchester United and Blackpool. The other reason is the rich, musical history that city has etched in its building, street corners, alleyways, and everywhere else in between. This city gave the rest of the world the sounds of the Smiths, the Stone Roses, Oasis, Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, and New Order. Before New Order, the city gave the world their sounds in the band’s previous incarnation known as Joy Division. The foundation of Joy Division’s sound was lead singer Ian Curtis.
Being the band’s only lyricist, classic songs like “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, “Shadowplay”, and “She’s Lost Control” demonstrate themes of sorrow, loss, crisis, solitude, and coldness that were unique to Curtis’ lyrical writing talent. Tragically, those themes took hold and manifested themselves into reality. On May 18, 1980, Ian Curtis took own his life, leaving a void in the heart of his band mates, family, and Manchester. Even in death, his enigmatic and ghostly mythos lives on in the city the bore him as well as in the fans that discovered him in the years after.
Today, on the 32nd anniversary of his tragic passing, I decided to go back into the archives of videos from that trip and recover a moment that was recorded. My brother and I visited Ian Curtis’ grave in Macclesfield, where we humbly laid roses in honor of our friends and family who love his music as we do, we humbly laid roses at his grave. Just as we shared it with them, I want share it with all of you. I hope to put together more moments from the rest of the music tour we took in the near future. In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy this.
I want to give a special thanks to Craig Gill, drummer of Inspiral Carpets, who was our guide and who led us on a historical and memorable tour of the Manchester music scene. He was very understanding and patient with us in our request to purchase roses as well as gladly filming this moment.
If you are a music lover and travel to Manchester, look up Craig Gill and Manchester Music Tours. His music tours take you to all the places made famous by Joy Division, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Oasis, etc. His passion and real life memories of the Manchester music scene from its early beginnings make the tour truly unforgettable.
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