Joy Division museum to open in Macclesfield
Indiegogo campaign to buy Ian Curtis’s home and turn it into a museum fails – but museum is to open anyway
ack in February, we told you about a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that was launched with the aim of raising £150,000 to buy Ian Curtis’s former home in Macclesfield and transform it into a Joy Division museum. Sadly, the campaign raised just £2,000 – but the museum will still open.
In a surprise move, musician, entrepreneur and Joy Division fan Hadar Goldman has stepped in and paid £115,000 for the property, as well as £75,000 to cover legal fees for reversing the sale to another buyer. Speaking to UK newspaper The Guardian, Goldman said: “Although I paid £190,000 — nearly double the asking price — I felt as if I had to get involved, especially after hearing the plight of fans who had failed to raise the necessary funds to buy the house owned and lived in by one of the musical heroes of my youth,” Goldman said.
“Joy Division left a musical legacy which has influenced many of today’s bands,” Goldman continued. “The Joy Division legacy deserves to be taken into the 21st Century, to raise awareness [of] one of the most seminal bands in the history of contemporary music.”
The £2,000 raised on Indiegogo has been donated in Curtis’s name to mental health charity Mind.