JOY DEVOTION: THE IMPORTANCE OF IAN CURTIS AND FAN CULTURE
In Joy Devotion: The Importance of Ian Curtis and Fan Culture, Jennifer Otter Bickerdike explores why Joy Division, especially Curtis, have such a hold on our imagination, now more than 30 years since he passed away, and what does our fascination say about our own grappling with authenticity, mortality and identity? Joy Devotion features some of the crucial figures from the era, including Joy Division/New Order drummer Stephen Morris, legendary photographer Kevin Cummins, and Manchester luminary and Hacienda DJ Dave Booth. The evening celebration and book launch features exclusive Joy Devotion beer from Revolutions Brewing Company.
Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is a media and music academic, specializing in fan culture, the cult of dead celebrity, pop culture and music. She has written and presented extensively on fandom and media, including The Guardian and has recently been featured on BBC Radio 4. Formerly a music excutive where she worked with acts including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Dr. Dre and Gwen Stafani, she now lives in London and writes and lectures full-time.