Superfan outlines his plans for Joy Division museum
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