The comment on here by school friend Alan Firkins, wanted to say that was nice to read. I've no doubt you'll see him again somewhere, someplace. Until then, at least you have such fond memories.
Obsessions ebb and flow. I am a little bit obsessed with Joy Division and the rather enigmatic Ian Curtis this past month, so I've been getting my hands on anything I can. This book being one of those items, and Deborah Curtis' book being another. I wanted to read them back-to-back, make comparisons, get two perspectives. Torn Apart: The Life of Ian Curtis is the combined effort of Mick Middles (first journalist to interview JD) and Lindsay Reade (first wife to Tony Wilson, thus meaning she was around while history was being written). They were able to interview an array of people and gather a reasonable sum of information. It's a good book, quite solid, well compiled and presented, featuring three sections of photo illustrations. Indeed there were a few grammatical errors scattered throughout, enough to keep you grammar nazis on the edge of your seats. I don't have any criticism to give, though I should note that it focused slightly more on the band than Ian, leaving him still very much in the dark, shrouded in mystery. But this does balance in the later chapters. In my opinion, both this and Touching From A Distance are necessary to create a clearer picture. You'll want to weigh both sides of the story, be fair, and make up your own mind. Torn Apart paints an image of a thoughtful, quiet, determined individual - 'one of the lads' - with the obvious problems that he had to face. Whereas Debbie's book shows him in a jarringly different light. This is to be expected. It's personal, it's real, plagued with emotions, buried and on the surface. Debbie was exposed to him on a level that no one else could be. Both perspectives are biased. The truth is somewhere in between.