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  • Jimmy Broccoli

Ian Curtis - Joy Division

It was me, waiting for me

Hoping for something more

Me, seeing me this time

Hoping for something else

- Ian Curtis [from "New Dawn Fades", Joy Division] ______________

When I was a boy, I wanted to be Ian Curtis. And, still - many years since boyhood - part of me still does.

His lyrics, his struggles - his life - all of these have been an influence on my writing since the beginning - and I, occasionally, rely on the songs (the lyrics and mood of the music) of Joy Division to help me decide what to write next.

I was 7 years old when Ian Curtis took his life - it would be a few years later until I first heard his name - then, afterwards, I spent hours and hours listening and re-listening to "Unknown Pleasures" in my bedroom.

The music of Joy Division - including all that was Ian Curtis - remains important to me, today. I hope younger generations (who have no idea who I'm talking about) will visit YouTube and take a quick listen.

Ian Curtis 1956 -1980

"New Dawn Fades" - from the (fantastic) documentary, "Control" (2007):

Photo: Ian Curtis

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