Ian Curtis died on this day in 1980. Though Ian is gone, his music and memory -- not to mention his impact on music and culture -- will never be forgotten. Keep Ian in your thoughts today and enjoy some music and discussion about Ian Curtis and Joy Division.
The following videos are taken from Joy Division: Interviews, and include discussion from the band's inner circle -- key players like Tony Wilson, Peter Saville, Anton Corbijn, Annik Honore, and others close to Curtis and the Joy Division family.
Video #1: Joy Division/New Order drummer Stephen Morris explains why the band didn't do interviews, and how they repositioned themselves into New Order after the death of Ian Curtis.
Video #2: Ex-manager Terry Mason talks about being asked about Ian Curtis' death and discusses early Joy Division shows.
Video #3: Bernard Sumner talks about synthesizers and how Ian Curtis introduced him to the music of Kraftwerk. Anton Corbijn reveals Unknown Pleasures inspired him to leave Holland.
Video #4: Bernard Sumner discusses some of his experience with auditioning drummers, and Tony Wilson talks about the Hacienda.
Video #5: Bernard Sumner discusses the meaning of "The Eternal," plus some Joy Division touring stories
Video #6: Peter Saville on Joy Division imagery, the design of Joy Division's cover art, plus the addition of Gillian Gilbert after the death of Ian Curtis
Video #7: Peter Hook talks about Ian Curtis' epilepsy and how the band members never questioned the idea of continuing after Curtis' death.