LWTUA (Love Will Tear Us Apart)
Patrícia Almeida & David-Alexandre Guéniot
40 pp | Riso and colour digital offset
10,5 x 16 cm
In the early hours of 18 May 1980, on the eve of a first tour in America, Ian Curtis, lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division, hanged himself in the kitchen of his house in Macclesfield. He had just viewed Werner Herzog’s film ‘Stroszek’ and listened to Iggy Pop’s ‘The Idiot’. At the time of his death, his health was failing as a result of the epilepsy and attempting to balance his musical ambitions with his marriage, which was foundering in the aftermath of his affair with journalist Annik Honoré. His wife Deborah found his body the next morning.
The book LWTUA gathers found materials from the Internet: videos-stills from teenagers’ covers of the famous Joy Division song, photographs of fans on the Ian Curtis’s memorial stone at Macclesfield graveyard and comments of this song on forums. The book aims at enriching the iconographic relations between Pop-Rock music, Romantism and Youth.