Curtis, Ian

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Curtis, Ian Gender: M
Ian Kevin Curtis
born on 15 July 1956
Place Manchester, England, 53n30, 2w15
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 22°55' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif or s_libcol.18.gif

Ian Curtis
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British musician, the charismatic leader and vocalist of the Manchester-based post-punk "urban-depressive" rock band "Joy Division." (The name was taken from the Nazi name for the group of female prisoners kept alive to be used as prostitutes for the German army.)

Curtis mesmerized his audiences with his intense and dramatic Artaud-like performances, actually having seizures while on stage. Well-read, Curtis wrote high quality lyrics for his beautiful, sad music. An epileptic, depression-prone with a borderline personality-type and a regular drug user (mainly marijuana and amphetamines), Curtis always entertained suicidal thoughts since a youth, an emulator of the motto, "live fast, die young."

Married with one child, he had an affair with a Belgian woman which led to intense depression and inner conflict. On 18 May 1980, a few hours after watching Werner Herzog's film "Stroszek," Curtis hanged himself at his home to the sound track of Iggy Pop's "The Idiot."

Joy Division never did the promised American tour but the remaining members segued into the acclaimed pop group "New Order."

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Hook, Peter (born 13 February 1956). Notes: Members of Joy Division


Source Notes

Felipe Ferreira quotes a biography by his widow, Deborah Curtis, "Touching From a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division," Faber and Faber, London, p.1. Time unknown; request refused by the Trafford General Hospital without permission from Curtis' next of kin.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Epilepsy (Seizures during performances)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Regular social drug use)
  • Personal : Death : Suicide (Hanged himself, age 23)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Joy Division)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Lead vocalist)