Touching from a Distance

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Touching From a Distance
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Author Deborah Curtis
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Biography
Publisher Faber and Faber
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 208 pp
ISBN 0-57117445-0

Touching from a Distance is a biography written by Deborah Curtis. It details her life and marriage with Ian Curtis, lead singer of the 1970s British post-punk rock band Joy Division. In the book, Deborah Curtis speaks of Ian's infidelity, their troubled marriage, Ian's volatile and sometimes troubled personality, and his health problems (which included epileptic seizures and depression) that likely led to his suicide in 1980, on the eve of Joy Division's first United States tour.[1]


The book has been used as a reference for the Anton Corbijn's film Control (2007), for which Deborah Curtis was a co-producer. The role of Deborah was played by Samantha Morton.


The title is a reference to a line in one of Joy Division's most popular songs, "Transmission".

The foreword was written by the music journalist Jon Savage.

The appendix contains four sections: Discography, Lyrics, Unseen Lyrics, and Gig List. The Unseen Lyrics section contains songs that either were not recorded or finished.[2]


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