30 Aug 2005
Live fast, die young, stay famous 
The Times (27 August) features Kevin Cummins's recollections of Ian Curtis along with articles on Sid Vicious, Stuart Sutcliffe and Richey Edwards.

In this brief extract Kevin explains how he met Ian: "The first time I met Ian Curtis was in 1977 when Joy Division were supporting the Buzzcocks at the Electric Circus in Manchester. My first impression of him was that he was a bit odd because he used to turn up with a carrier bag full of notes on sheets of paper. He would have this greyish-green overcoat on and be carrying that carrier bag everywhere he went. But he was just a typical lad really: he would talk to you about football, music, drinking and women. We both supported Manchester City and liked the Stooges, so we got on."

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