9 Mar 2007
Rock Shrines: Ian Curtis 
Under the front page headlines 'Dancing on the graves', John Harris goes in search of Britain's rock shrines in today's Guardian.

Harris set out to investigate "the strange fixation that rock fans have with their idols' last resting places". His "ultimate UK rock-grave odyssey" began at in Macclesfield where a small stone inscribed with the words 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' marks the passing of Ian Curtis.

Other rock stars featured on the oddly macabre tour include John Bonham, Marc Bolan, Nick Drake and Brian Jones.

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

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