A Museum for Ian Curtis and Joy Division

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Once the Joy Division frontman’s former home went up for sale earlier this year, fans began rallying to purchase the building and turn it into a museum. The campaign fell hugely short of its goal, raising only about 1 percent of its goal on Indiegogo; and some lovers of Joy Division, including former member Bernard Sumner, expressed concern that turning the site of Ian Curtis’s death into a museum would amount to creating a “monument to suicide,” regardless of the positive intent of its founders. Now it looks like the debate sparked by such concerns may be more than a theoretical one, since self-proclaimed fan Hadar Goldman purchased the home for what looks like twice the asking price. A press release is circulating that promises any museum on the premises will be “sympathetically conceived and developed,” which we hope means what it says. Watch Sumner’s take on the issue after the jump.


Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →