Full disclosure: I own Kurt Cobain’s Journals. It’s sitting under my coffee table. In fact, I obsessed over it so much in college and high school that I even inked myself with one of his drawings, much to the chagrin of my a.) parents, b.) ex-girlfriends, and c.) current fiance. So, clearly there’s a market for this type of warped post-mortem nostalgia, which explains why the late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis is the next dead rock star whose personal thoughts and notes are up for public consumption.
Due out next Spring on Faber, So This Is Permanence: Lyrics and Notebooks strings together Curtis’ personal notes and his iconic lyrics, from songs like “Atmosphere” to “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. Also included is a foreword by his surviving widow Deborah Curtis with edits by seminal music journalist Jon Savage.
No release date at the moment, though surely Kanye will be first in line whenever it does surface. In the meantime, revisit a BBC special on Joy Division below.