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Reliving the Joy (Division)

A week from tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of Ian Curtis’s untimely demise. Joy Division’s former front man and universal depressive icon will be celebrated on May 18th in Manchester. According to, BBC 6 Music will be holding a special screening of rare Joy Division footage from 1979 and 1980, in addition to a documentary made after Curtis’s suicide. In the years following his death at the tender age of 23, Curtis has become somewhat of a gothic cult favorite. Interest in Joy Division’s music was piqued in recent years by its prominent place on the soundtrack of the indie film mainstay Donnie Darko. Curtis, an epileptic, hung himself shortly after the band started to gain recognition. The remaining members of Joy Division went on to form the band New Order.