Joy Devotion: The Importance of Ian Curtis and fan culture explores the lasting legacy in the fan, post-punk and dot.com 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 are complemented by photos taken at the Ian Curtis Memorial Stone.
In this book, fans and artists contribute their personal insights, granting intimate access to the very people who Curtis continues to influence and inspire long past his untimely death in 1980.
Foreword by Kevin Cummins. Preface by Stephen Morris.
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Dr Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is a Senior Lecturer and former American music industry executive. She has written and presented extensively on fandom and media, authored books about fan cultures and delivering the exhibition 'Joy Devotion: A Year In The Life Of A Rock Shrine At The Ian Curtis Memorial Stone'. Originally from California, Jen was a Marketing Director for Interscope Geffen A&M Records. She toured with and devised marketing and branding campaigns for major global acts including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Dr Dre, Gwen Stefani, U2 and Eminem.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
From the Introduction: Joy Division changed my life. They have been my friends and confidantes when feeling completely isolated, my ‘therapist’ when confronting the death of a loved one, and an inspiration for leaving behind everything I loved and knew to take a chance on a completely different life path. I can say with hand on heart, I owe them so very much; without them, I would most likely be in a gutter somewhere in downtown San Francisco, rocking gently side to side, sipping a bottle of paint thinner. They have pulled me through some of the toughest times, and been there to push me beyond what I thought was possible. The four boys from the North of England, one who I will never meet as he took his own life in 1980, have had more of an influence on the direction of my life than any teacher, class, or authority figure. It probably sounds weird to say a band can impact on you so much; but maybe it is not all about the band, or the songs, or the lyrics, or the subcultures that used to pop up around groups like Joy Division. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the seventies and eighties, a moment when music, identity, ethos, values were important and integral in forming your personality. We did not have messageboards where you could post anonymously to your heart’s content in an intangible cyberspace about your personal woes and fears. No, our place of release and worship was the stereo, the Walkman, the cassette. Here, between the headphones, we found our communion, a place where we were not alone. It is here that Joy Division saved me, not once, not twice, but three times. ...
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