At the moment, I’m currently reading Torn Apart: The Life of Ian Curtis, which I got as a belated Christmas present. I’m about halfway through it or so, and so far I am finding it an absolutely fascinating read, and definitely recommend it to all those out there with even a passing interest in Joy Division. Reading it has taught me many new things about Ian that I never knew, which is particularly invaluable considering due to his tragic story and suicide, he’s become a sort of cult like figure with a lot of myth surrounding his character. Anyhow, one of the things that really intrigued me (and that freaked me out slightly if I’m honest) was that Ian actually suffered from eczema, I find that bizarre given that I had terrible eczema myself when I was younger, that resulted in me having to wear bandages on my arms at night and it also damaged the skin around my eyes. On the subject of epilepsy, there is a part of the book that I just read last night that discusses his diagnosis and epilepsy treatment, which would interest me obviously given that I was born with a mild form of the condition and I still have it to this day. In the book it stated that Ian took a medication called “Valproate”, which I find interesting is the one that I take is sodium valproate. Whether or not the two are the same I’m not sure of, but it sounds like its a similar sort of medication. I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the book, although it will also be pretty difficult reading also!
Its my first musical birthday of the year, and today Bernard Sumner turns 56. Bernard is obviously well known for being in the highly regarded 80s electronic/rock band New Order, being the primary lyricist/vocalist for them and also for playing guitars/keyboards in Joy Division. Also he is known for working with Johnny Marr in Electronic, again being the vocalist/lyricist and more recently forming the band Bad Lieutenant. I’m not familiar with Bad Lieutenant if I’m honest, but absolutely love his work with New Order and Electronic. Technique by New Order is easily one of my favourite albums along with Electronic’s self titled debut album. A very underrated talent I think, happy birthday Bernard!