So This is Permanence - Lyrics and Notebooks

Author(s): Ian Curtis; Jon Savage; Deborah Curtis (Editor)

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So This Is Permanence presents the intensely personal writings of one of the most enigmatic and influential songwriters and performers of the late twentieth century, Joy Division's Ian Curtis.

The fact of the band's relatively few releases belies the power and enduring fascination its music holds, especially in light of Curtis's tragic suicide in 1980 on the eve of the band's first American tour.

Reproduced in this beautiful clothbound volume are Curtis's never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, accompanied by earlier drafts and previously unpublished pages from his notebooks that shed fascinating light on his writing and creative process.

Also included are an insightful and moving foreword by Curtis's widow Deborah, a substantial introduction by writer Jon Savage, and an appendix featuring books from Curtis's library and a selection of fanzine interviews, letters, and other ephemera from his estate.


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An incredible visual collection of the personal writings of musical icon Ian Curtis.

Ian Curtis was born in Stretford, Lancashire, and grew up in Macclesfield. He met his Joy Division bandmates Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook at a Sex Pistols gig at the Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, in 1976. Later joined by drummer Stephen Morris, Joy Division released two seminal post-punk albums: Unknown Pleasures (1979) and the posthumous Closer (1980). Jon Savage is the author of England's Dreaming: Sex pistols and Punk Rock, Teenage: The Creation of Youth, 1875-1945 and The England's Dreaming Tapes. He has written sleevenotes for Wire, St Etienne and the Pet Shop Boys, among others, and his compilations include: Meridian 1970 (Heavenly/EMI 2005), Queer Noises 61-78: From the Closet to the Charts (Trikont 2006) and Dreams Come True: Classic Electro 1982-1987 (Domino 2008).

General Fields

  • : 9780571309559
  • : Faber & Faber, Limited
  • : Faber & Faber, Limited
  • : October 2014
  • : 280mm X 203mm
  • : November 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ian Curtis; Jon Savage; Deborah Curtis (Editor)
  • : Paperback
  • : Nov-14
  • : English
  • : 782.42166092
  • : 304