[dropcap]After[/dropcap] the recent Indiegogo campaign failed to make traction, another fan—musician and entrepreneur Hadar Goldman, has purchased Ian Curtis’ Barton Street home at its asking price of £115,000, plus £75,000 in compensation and legal fees.
“I don’t want it to be a memorial. I want it to be a living thing; a factory that produces – a catalyst for art and creativity, not a gothic shrine. That’s how you take tragedy and create something positive.”
“I can collaborate with the fans and turn it into the place it should be. You can call it a museum, but it could also be a gallery or somewhere for young musicians to record. Not everybody can travel to Macclesfield, so I want to connect it online somehow… If you really love an artist, you are called for duty. I don’t want to sound like a pathetic new-age bastard, but things happen for a reason… Ian Curtis’ house is going to be a creativity centre and that was the aim.”
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“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,” Goldman said of the purchase. “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.”
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