So This Is Permanence

So This Is Permanence : Lyrics and Notebooks

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clothbound volume are Curtis's never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, accompanied by earlier drafts and previously unpublished pages from his notebooks that shed fascinating light on his writing and creative process.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

  • Hardback | 274 pages
  • 208.28 x 281.94 x 27.94mm | 1,202.01g
  • Chronicle Books (CA)
  • English
  • 1452138451
  • 9781452138459
  • 248,708

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"'This is Permanence' reveals the personal writings of Joy Division lead singer and influential songwriter Ian Curtis in a beautiful cloth-bound anthology. Curtis committed suicide in 1980 before the British band's first US tour, and the book includes a foreword by his widow, Deborah, as well as song lyrics, an appendix listing his personal book library and a selection of interviews from his relatively short but important career."
-Cool Hunting
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About Ian Curtis

Ian Curtis (1956-1980) was the lyricist and vocalist for Joy Division. Deborah Curtis is the author of Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division. She lives in Cheshire, England. Jon Savage has been writing about music for a range of publications since 1977. His books include the classic England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock. He lives in North Wales.
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