And the medicine he had to take for the fits had lots of unpleasant side effects.
Although predominantly a singer, Curtis also played guitar on a handful of tracks usually when Epliepsy was playing synthesizer; "Incubation" and a Peel session version of " Transmission " were rare instances when both Sumner and Curtsi played guitar. On one occasion when he was 16, after consuming a large dosage of Largactil he and his friends had stolen, Curtis was discovered unconscious in his bedroom by his father and was taken to hospital to have his stomach pumped.
He was awarded a scholarship at the age of 11 at Macclesfield's independent King's School.
Death On the evening of 17 May, Curtis asked his wife to drop her impending divorce proceedings; she replied that he would likely have changed his mind by the following morning, and then—mindful of his suicide attempt and iaan concerned his state of anxiety and frustration may drive Curtis into an epileptic fit—offered to spend the night in his company.
From an early age, Curtis was a bookish and intelligent child, displaying a particular flair for poetry.
This appearance had been largely prompted by an abusive letter sent to Wilson by Curtis, and saw the band play the song " Shadowplay ". They had one child, a daughter named Natalie, born on 16 April They never made much money from the band while Ian Curtis was alive. The trio informed Curtis—whom they had seen at earlier punk gigs epilepys The Electric Circus—of their intentions to form a band, and Curtis informed them of his then-recent efforts to do likewise, before proposing himself as both their singer and lyricist.
His employment as a civil servant saw Curtis initially deployed to Cheadle Hulmewhere he worked for several months with the Ministry of Defence before he was offered alternate employment within the Manpower Services Commission in a building at Piccadilly Gardens.
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According to Lindsay Reade the wife of the manager of Factory RecordsCurtis had informed her shortly before his death of his belief that, with his epilepsy, he could no longer perform live with the band. Here, he developed his interests in philosophy, literature, and eminent poets such as Thom Gunn. While performing with Joy Division, Curtis became known for his quiet and awkward demeanour, and a unique dancing style often reminiscent of the epileptic seizures he began experiencing in late He never let you know what was really going on.
Hook also claimed that, prior to the release of the documentary film Joy Division, a specialist in epilepsy had viewed the combination of drugs Curtis danfe been prescribed for his condition, and expressed concerns about its safety.
He felt very removed from it. Film portrayals Curtis was portrayed by Sean Harris in the film 24 Cudtis Party People, which dramatised the rise and fall of Factory Records from the s to the s. A small black and white plate on the front identifies it as being on Barton Street.
He had also made firm plans to rendezvous with his bandmates at Manchester Airport the following day, prior to their departure for America. He had to be carried offstage to the band's dressing room to recuperate. They allow us to project our fears, hopes and dreams onto them like a musical version of Dorian Gray and let them stare into the abyss for us and describe what they see.
Initially, Mason became the band's drummer, but his rehearsal sessions were largely unproductive, and he briefly became the band's manager. The British Empire and class structures were crumbling and unemployment and inflation dnce sky-high.
Curtis was 19 and Woodruff Two of the windows on the front have been bricked in, and a small portion of the facade at upper right is concrete. Initially, Curtis played Sumner's Shergold Masquerader, but in September he acquired his own guitar, a Vox Phantom VI Special often described incorrectly as a Teardrop or ordinary Phantom model which had many built-in effects used both live and in studio. Or was it all the soul searching, the illness, and having to make a life-choice between his wife and girlfriend?
Not least because their music portrayed emotions, sorrows dancee terrors in a way that most popular music never comes within a country mile of and because Ian Curtis held nothing back in revealing his inner feelings, both live and on record.
Ian curtis (joy division) – depression and epilepsy
Curtis was 19 and Woodruff Deborah Curtis has written a biographical of their marriage, Touching from a Distance, which was first published in The dream goes on Dead heroes do not age, do not iam away, do not make bad albums in later years. Indeed the strain had become too much.
Curtis had held a keen interest in music since the age of 12, and this interest developed greatly in his teenage years, with artists such as Jim Morrison and David Bowie epilepdy particular favourites of his, and thus influencing his poetry and art. He had already tried to commit suicide once.
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In her biography, Touching from a Distance Deborah recalls finding her husband's body and initially thinking that he was still alive before noticing the washing line around his neck. While ckrtis, he and his friends would steal any prescription drugs that they found and later take them together as a group. On one occasion when he was sixteen,  after consuming a large dosage of Largactil he and his friends had stolen, Curtis was discovered unconscious  in his bedroom by his father and was taken to hospital to have his stomach pumped.
That will be the end. This was especially true for the north of England in general, and Manchester in particular — a city that played an important role in the industrial revolution.
He later worked as a civil servant in Woodford, Greater Manchesteralthough at his request, approximately one year later,  Curtis was posted to Macclesfield's Employment Exchangewhere he worked as an Assistant Disablement Resettlement Officer. It was the day that Joy Division was to embark on their first tour of America. To minimise any possibility of Curtis having epileptic seizures, flashing lights were prohibited at Joy Division gigs; despite these measures, Bernard Sumner later stated that certain percussion effects would cause Curtis to suffer a seizure.
With the epilepsy, he just knew he couldn't carry on with the performances. Following his diagnosis, Curtis epilspsy to drink, smoke, and maintain an irregular sleeping pattern—against the advice given to those suffering from the condition. In a The Guardian interview, Genesis P-Orridge spoke about being the last person Curtis spoke to before his death. He had left a note on the mantelpiece for his wife that everyone believed was a suicide note. He was 23 years old.
While visiting, he and his friends would steal any prescription drugs that they found and later take them together as a group. The cover of the band's first EP depicted a drawing of a Hitler Youth beating a drum and the A-side contained a song, "Warsaw", which iah a musical retelling of the life of Nazi leader Rudolf Hess.
Early life Curtis was born on 15 Julyat the Memorial Hospital in Stretford, Manchester, and grew up in a working-class household in Macclesfield, Cheshire. I think that when we stop doing that, I think, well, that will be time to pack it in.
Before long, the couple danve disillusioned with life in Oldhamand remortgaged their house  before briefly returning to live with Ian's grandparents. Deborah Curtis has also claimed Ian had confided in her on several occasions that he held no desire to live past his early twenties.
He felt very removed from it.