Sometime in the early morning hours of Monday, May 18, 1980, Ian Curtis, singer of Joy Division, decided he’d had enough. Putting Iggy Pop’s The Idiot album on the stereo, he hanged himself from the clothes rack in the kitchen of his modest house at 77 Barton Street in Macclesfield, a suburb of Manchester. Joy Division would later become a legendary band and important influence on groups of today like Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Arcade Fire and even U2.
That house is now a shrine, visited by hundreds of people every year. The newest owner is a major, major Joy Division fan and plans to turn the place into a museum of sorts. Will he open the kitchen to the general public? Hadar Goldberg says “Yes.” Creepy and weird or an important part of music history? I’ll admit it: I’d go.