Ian Curtis' Home Slated to Become Museum After Sale to Joy Division Fan
Published May 21, 2015The crowdfunding campaign to turn Ian Curtis' former house in Macclesfield into a museum failed badly (earning just £2,001 of its £150,000 goal), but the UK home is going to be turned into a Joy Division shrine after all. This is thanks to Hadar Goldman, a fan and entrepreneur who has purchased the house.
Goldman bought the home for its £115,000 asking price, with an additional £75,000 in compensation and legal fees. He apparently swooped in when a sale to a private buyer was already underway, hence the extra fees.
"Although I paid £190,000 – nearly double the asking price – I felt as if I had to get involved, especially after hearing the plight of the fans who had failed to raise the necessary funds to buy the house owned and lived in by one of the musical heroes of my youth," he said in a statement. "Joy Division left a musical legacy which has influenced many of today's bands. The Joy Division legacy deserves to be taken into the 21st century, to raise awareness into one of the most seminal bands in the history of contemporary music."
A press releases about the sale also confirmed that Joy Division's fan club will be involved in the project to turn the house into a museum.
"It will be developed using both heart and soul," Goldman said. "The Joy Division heritage is one that needs preserving for fans around the world. When the time comes, we will welcome the input and ideas of anyone interested in being part of such an exciting project, commemorating a meaningful part of musical history."
The former members of Joy Division have expressed differing opinions in regards to the proposal to turn the house into a museum. Singer Bernard Sumner admitted that he was "torn down the middle," saying that it would "make a great a great museum" but that it was "a bit ghoulish, and a bit of a monument to suicide as well."
Bassist Peter Hook, on the other hand, lent his support to the idea, and 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."