Peter Hook backs bid to turn Ian Curtis’ former home into a Joy Division museum

Bassist disagrees with Bernard Sumner over prospective plan for Macclesfield property

Peter Hook has backed the bid to turn Ian Curtis’ former home into a Joy Division museum.

Earlier this year it was reported that campaigners are seeking to raise £115,000 for the two-bedroom property at 77 Barton Street, Macclesfield, which was put on the market by its current owners.

The house was used as a location in the 2007 Anton Corbijn-directed film Control. Curtis took his own life in the property on May 18, 1980 at the age of 23, days before Joy Division were due to undertake a US tour.

Speaking at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas in February, Joy Division and New Order’s Bernard Sumner said that he was ‘torn’ by the idea. “It’s a difficult one,” he commented, “To me it’s a place of sadness. It’s not really a place that I’d want to go to.”

Now, in an interview with The Guardian published today (March 20), Hook disagrees with his former bandmate and says there should be a museum dedicated to the band.

“I think it’s a great compliment if someone wants to make it into a museum for a group that culturally changed music, not once but twice,” he said. “Ian has such a fantastic legacy and the fact people are inspired by it all around the world can only be a good thing. So I think someone should turn it into a bloody museum. We should have a bloody museum in Manchester, too, instead of us having to go to the Hard Rock restaurant to see anything to do with music in Manchester. I know Bernard said it would be disrespectful to Debbie, but that’s rubbish, how can it be disrespectful? I’d have thought it was more respectful to your great choice in a husband, love.”

Zak Davies, who started the campaign to save the house, recently cast doubt on the likelihood of the museum becoming a reality and told his supporters that it is “unlikely” that the required amount of money could be raised, adding that all the donations so far received would be passed on to the mental health charity, Mind, in memory of Curtis.