Joy Devotion: The Importance of Ian Curtis and fan culture explores the lasting legacy in the fan, post-punk and dot.com economy of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, and what such dedication says about the larger issues facing us in a modern world. Essays on Curtis, exploring ideas of memory, death, technology, fandom and secular religion are complemented by photos taken at the Ian Curtis Memorial Stone.
In this book, fans and artists contribute their personal insights, granting intimate access to the very people who Curtis continues to influence and inspire long past his untimely death in 1980.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Dr Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is a Senior Lecturer and former American music industry executive. She has written and presented extensively on fandom and media, authored books about fan cultures and delivering the exhibition 'Joy Devotion: A Year In The Life Of A Rock Shrine At The Ian Curtis Memorial Stone'. Originally from California, Jen is a former Marketing Director for Interscope Geffen A&M Records. She toured with and devised marketing and branding campaigns for major global acts including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Dr Dre, Gwen Stefani, U2 and Eminem.
Foreword: Kevin Cummins
Dave Booth, Mark Brodie-Wray, Gail Crowther, Crispin Dale, Brian Gorman, Mike Grimshaw, David Kerekes, Philip Kiszely, Neil Robinson, Mark Seaman, Ian Seivwright, Jamie Stewart, Dave Sultan, Dave Tibbs, Robert Warhurst and Jason Whittaker
'Jennifer’s book is a seriously good, considered, and well written study on the curious interaction that takes place between the music and the fan. An interaction that can give meaning, security and identity in a world where these things are in increasingly short supply.'
drummer, Joy Division and New Order
The Importance of Ian Curtis and Fan Culture
Publication date: 01/03/2017
A book about Joy Division fans written by Joy Division fans.
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