Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) Listening to the radio yesterday I heard more Joy Division songs than usual, and realized it must be the anniversary of his death – but 32 years came as a bit of a shock. Ian formed Joy Division along with Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris in 1979 after meeting at a Sex Pistols gig. Signed to Tony Wilson’s Factory Records they recorded 2 great LPs – Unknown Pleasures and Closer. Ian suffered from epilepsy and depression and on the night before Joy Division was set to leave for their first American tour, Ian Curtis hung himself in his kitchen. Joy Division would evolve into New Order and continue to play to this day. Ian would become known as another dead young rock star and for Joy Division’s only real radio hit – “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. A biopic – Control – directed by photographer Anton Corbijn would be released to acclaim in 2007.