Su­per­fan out­lines his plans for Joy Di­vi­sion mu­seum

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THE man be­hind plans to turn Joy Di­vi­sion front­man Ian Curtis’s home into a mu­seum in­sists it will cel­e­brate his life and work – and will not be a ‘mon­u­ment to sui­cide’.

Life­long fan of the band, busi­ness­man and mu­si­cian Hadar Gold­man, moved to se­cure the ter­race home in Macclesfield af­ter he heard fans were bid­ding to try and buy it.

He had to in­struct lawyers and spent £190,000, nearly dou­ble its ask­ing price, to re­verse a sale that was al­ready go­ing through.

The Macclesfield Ex­press was granted ac­cess to 77 Bar­ton Street as he looked around the prop­erty for the first time.

He out­lined his ambi- tious plans to make it the cen­tre­piece of a trib­ute to the band he dubbed ‘the Beethoven of mod­ern mu­sic’.

The first stage will be to have a blue plaque erected out­side be­fore it is trans- formed into a mecca for post-punk he­roes.

Mr Gold­man, an elec­tric vi­o­lin­ist who won mul­ti­ple awards be­fore set­ting up an ad­ver­tis­ing agency in the 1990s, said: “The house is only the phys­i­cal part of the ef­fort we are try­ing to bring in. What­ever we can do here, what the coun­cil will al­low us to do, we will do it.

“Ian Curtis was so in­flu­en­tial and he was much more than one ad­dress on this planet. The in­ter­net means we can do so much more.”

The idea of con­vert­ing the house into a mu­seum has come in for some crit­i­cism given Ian com­mit­ted sui­cide there, aged 23, in May 1980.

Hadar dis­missed the idea the mu­seum would be any­thing other than a trib­ute to the work of the band.

He said: “The su­per­fans, such as the ones who want to buy this place, are young. I was 16 years old when I first got into them. They were the foun­da­tion, they were the Beethoven of mod­ern mu­sic. Your home is where your en­ergy and your spirit is and I think that’s why peo­ple want to come here.

“The idea is not to tres­pass on his pri­vate life but take that en­ergy and his le­gacy and turn it into an in­spi­ra­tional tool.

“We are cel­e­brat­ing his life and work, his vi­tal­ity and his mu­sic as op­posed to any­thing else.”

Fel­low mu­si­cian and plan­ning ex­pert Jeff Shapira, who is work­ing with Hadar on the project, said it would take at least eight months to a year to get it off the ground.

They hope to in­stall a blue plaque and sub­mit plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions as soon as pos­si­ble.

●● Kathryn Har­ri­son, Christo­pher Big­gins and Bramhall and Wood­ford Ro­tary pres­i­dent Harry Hill

●● Busi­ness­man Hadar Gold­man paid £190,000 to buy Ian Curtis’s for­mer home in Macclesfield

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