“Cheer up, goth”

80s_goths_sistersofmercy_tshirtFog rolls in over the cemetery. Through the mist, the bell tower rings distant and ominous. Across the churchyard, someone weeps for their lost love.

That’s the cavernous isolation and agonizing emotion that comes from listening to goth rock. It’s one of the most divisive genres of music, reviled by those who pigeonhole it and adored by those who give it a fair chance. What exactly is it, and why should you want to spend your time listening to such gloomy, self-indulgent sounds?

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Ian Curtis: ‘His lyrics were so dark’

Ian Curtis lyrics from So This is Permanence, Lyrics and Notebooks.

With the publishing of Ian Curtis’s notebooks, there is a load of publicity, mainly raking over old ground.  Here is the Guardian’s latest effort – Deborah Curtis’s view…

“Words meant such a lot to Ian,” says Deborah Curtis. “If he put a record on, we’d have to listen to absolutely everything. He used to talk about what the lyrics meant and the story behind them. He didn’t like songs that didn’t mean anything.”

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Founding Joy Division member furious about Twitter account

peterhookHooky’s back, and he’s pissed off.  Again.  This time it’s about the @joydivision Twitter Account…

Some wounds just won’t heal.

Wednesday saw the launch of the official Joy Division Twitter account. While this may have been a fun event for some of the legendary post-punk outfit’s fans, it left one member of the band fuming.Less than an hour after New Order announced the news — on Twitter, naturally — Peter Hook, the group’s former bassist and one of the founding members of Joy Division, voiced his displeasure.

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Pages of Ian Curtis’ notebooks to be published

61PheqlgzOL._SL1500_This could be an excellent book – lyrics and reproductions of previously unpublished pages of Ian Curtis’s notebooks.

Pre order / Buy it here (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/So-This-Permanence-Lyrics-Notebooks/dp/0571309550

A book containing Ian Curtis’ personal writings will be released through Faber & Faber this fall.  So This Is Permanence is a 304 page book featuring lyrics and reproductions of previously unpublished pages of Curtis’ notebooks along with a foreward by Deborah Curtis. From the listing:

“Edited by Jon Savage and with a foreword by Deborah Curtis, 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.

Interspersed with the lyrics are previously unpublished facsimile pages of Ian’s notebooks, which throw his highly emotive lyrics into fascinating relief and cast light on the creative process of this singularly poetic songwriter.”

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