PURE JOY

A special screening in the city will mark the 25th anniversary of the Joy Division singer’s death…

IAN CURTIS’ life is to be celebrated in MANCHESTER on May 18, marking 25 years since the Joy Division singer’s death.

BBC 6 Music will be holding a special ‘Transmission’ screening at 7pm on the BBC’s Big Screen in the city’s Exchange Square.

The screening will feature rare Joy Division footage, including their performances at the Manchester Apollo in October 1979 and at the Effenaar in Eindhoven in January 1980.

Also included will be a documentary originally made for Wired TV in 1988, which looks back at the legacy of Joy Division and the effect Curtis’ death had on the remainder of the band – who later went on to form [url=]New Order.

The documentary features interviews with Alan Erasmus, Tony Wilson, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Paul Morley and their late manager Rob Gretton.

BBC 6 Music will also be celebrating the life of Curtis on air throughout May 18, with classic Peel Sessions from the BBC archive, unusual cover version of Joy Division tracks by contemporary artists as well as interviews with Tony Wilson and photographer Anton Corbijn.

Curtis committed suicide in 1980, aged just 23.