I am a massive fan of Joy Division and feel that the band’s greatness has always been tainted by lead singer, Ian Curtis’ early death. He was a modern day British Jim Morrison, a trapped poet, muse to millions. This book, a heartfelt examination of the real man by his loving wife, serves as a poignant celebration of Ian Curtis. The biography is intimate in its detail and we are not just scratching the surface here but getting a true glimpse of what made this dark poet tick. His early fascination with a young death and suicide provide a recurring theme. From poverty through to a point where huge success was imminent and all their material worries would be over, Ian Curtis killed himself at the cusp of true legend status for his band. He has a mixed relationship with his wife, ultimately forcing her to endure a rock n roll affair through his Belgian mistress. He was truly torn and love ultimately did tear him apart. I found the struggle with epilepsy to be the underlying factor that drove Ian Curtis to death. It must have been horrific to live with such a chronic condition and yet he still rarely missed a live performance and maybe the forthcoming trip to America was just one jettison too far? This book is thoroughly readable, a true page-turner. I feel, having read it, closer to Ian Curtis and indeed one of my most favourite bands.
Another refreshing hour’s blend of music in the Wez G Sessions radio show, episode 9 :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Jinny – Keep Warm (Original Extended Mix) [Multiply Records] 2. Portishead – Sour Times [Go! Discs] 3. Bjork – Big Time Sensuality [One Little Indian] 4. Nush – Nush [UMM] 5. Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side [RCA] 6. Belinda Carlisle – Circle In The Sand [Virgin] 7. Al-Pha-X – Punjabi Love Affair [Bar De Lune] 8. Castle Trancelott – Indoctrinate (Original Mix) [Slate] 9. Manu Chao – Je Ne T’aime Plus [Virgin] 10. Goldfrapp – Forever [Mute] 11. Run D.M.C. – Sucker M.C.’s (Krush Groove 1) [Profile Records] 12. Joy Division – No Love Lost [Universal] 13. Thievery Corporation – Culture Of Fear [Eighteenth Street Lounge Music] Wez G Sessions Episode 9 by Wez G on Mixcloud
This week’s show has a predominantly dance flavour, with some burned vinyl from the Wez G vaults to compliment the mp3s and wavs. :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Inner City – Good Life [10 Records] 2. Joy Division – Transmission [Factory] 3. Opus III – When You Made The Mountain [PWL International] 4. Röyksopp – Tricky Tricky [Wall Of Sound] 5. Chambao – Chambao [Sony Music] 6. Stakker – Humanoid [Westside Records] 7. Afrika Bambaata – Planet Rock [21 Records] 8. Primal Scream – Higher Than The Sun (A Dub Symphony In Two Parts) [Creation Records] 9. Telefon Tel Aviv – Lotus Above Water [Hefty Records] 10. Bent – Magic Love (Ashley Beedle’s Black Magic Vocal Mix) [Sport] Wez G Sessions – Episode 5 by Wez G on Mixcloud