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The Personal Notebooks of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis

When you’re equal parts book and music fan, it’s a special treat to speak to both interests at once. Enter So This is Permanence, a beautiful pale grey volume of Ian Curtis’s personal notebooks. It’s hard to not to feel a special connection reading through the intensely personal writings of one of the most enigmatic and influential songwriters of the 20th century.

So This Is Permanence - Joy Division

So This Is Permanence contains never before seen handwritten lyrics, as well as a beautiful forward from Deborah Curtis. Deborah was widowed by Ian after he took his own life in 1980, leaving the world stunned that such a talented songwriter’s life ended in tragedy. “Seeing those manuscripts in his distinctive hand and in chronological order goes some way to explain the turmoil he felt. Those human issues and concerns will always be relevant; and although the poetry readily stands alone, his voice and the music that is Joy Division is there to be listened to and absorbed as one perfect body of work as intended,” wrote Deborah.

So This Is Permanence - Joy Division

The book also includes a substantial introduction by writer Jon Savage, and an appendix featuring books from Ian’s library and a selection of fanzine interviews, letters, and other ephemera from his estate. Listen to a specially curated Joy Division Spotify playlist inspired by material in So This is Permanence below. And, don’t forget to comment below with your favorite Joy Division song and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a copy of So This Is PermanenceThis offer is available to U.S. residents only.


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