New Manchester Walks is excited to announce that we are hosting a series of walks – Ian Curtis’s Manchester – which we are running during the Art Gallery’s summer Joy Division exhibition, “True Faith”, in collaboration with the gallery. The exhibition, which runs from 30 June-3 September, is being curated by Jon Savage with whom New Manchester Walks’ Ed Glinert worked on Mojo magazine in the 1990s.
There will be three dates for tours, starting at the Art Gallery entrance:
* Thu 3 August, 5.30pm. Book with eventbrite here.
* Thu 10 August, 5.30pm. Book with eventbrite here.
* Thu 24 August, 5.30pm. Book with eventbrite here.
Here’s why. We’re honouring Ian Curtis, a tortured soul; a visceral, troubled mind with a voice that echoed Jim Morrison, Iggy Pop and Matt Monro. Curtis briefly led Joy Division, the finest flower of the early days at Manchester’s Factory Records, shaking sensibilities and sending shivers down the spine on an all too brief catalogue of classic works, epitomised by the Gogol-influenced “Dead Souls” and the harrowing “Shadowplay” in which he prefigured his own sad suicide.
This tour of Curtis’s Manchester haunts – Rafter’s, Pip’s, the Afrique Club, Arrow Studios, Rare Records, the Briton’s Protection, the Beach Club, a forgotten, almost pre-historic Manchester – taking place during the Art Gallery’s True Faith exhibition is one of the more tragic tours in the NMW roster, but also one of the most powerful, heading into the very “centre of the city where all roads meet waiting for you”.
* For more information about the exhibition, click True Faith.