Ian Curtis' former home to become Joy Division Museum
Music fandom has connected generations of music lovers together. From chasing tour buses to fantasizing about every member of the band, fans will do just about anything for their favorite rockstars. The latest act of fandom involves the legendary 70s English Rock band Joy Division and their late frontman Ian Curtis. Earlier this month, a fan bought Curtis’ former home with the intention to transform it into a museum.
Several months ago, another fan by the name of Zak Davies created an indieagogo fundraiser to raise money towards the creation of an Ian Curtis Museum, but proved unsuccessful. Another fan, by the name of Hadar Goldman, saw the failure of this campaign and decided to take matters into his own hands.
Goldman, a musician and entrepreneur, purchased the property— a two-bedroom at 77 Barton Street in Macclesfield, UK — for 190,000 pounds, almost double the asking price. Goldman explains, "I felt as if I had to get involved, especially after hearing the plight of the fans who had failed to raise the necessary funds to buy the house owned and lived in by one of the musical heroes of my youth. Joy Division left a musical legacy which has influenced many of today’s bands.”
Surprisingly, the idea was not entirely well received. Curtis’ former bandmate Bernard Sumner explained that the home, where Curtis committed suicide, is “a place of sadness” and not a place he’d want to visit while Joy Division’s bass guitarist Peter Hook took a different stance and expressed support of the endeavor.
So, what’s your craziest act of fandom? How far would you go to commemorate your favorite musician?
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