Ian Curtis‘ home has been bought by a fan hoping to turn it into a museum about the Joy Division frontman.
Hadar Goldman purchased the two-bedroom house at 77 Barton Street, Macclesfield, for the asking price of £115,000, but has also had to pay £75,000 of compensation and legal fees.
“I felt as if I had to get involved,” said Goldman in a press release, “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. Joy Division left a musical legacy which has influenced many of today’s bands.
“This is not just about history and the past,” he continued. “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.”
Joy Division bassist Peter Hook has voiced support for the plan, which the press release claims will be “sympathetically conceived and developed”, while guitarist Bernard Sumner has stated he was “torn” by proposals to turn the house into a museum.
This week marks 35 years since Curtis’ death, on May 18, 1980.