Almost thirty years after his untimely death, Ian Curtis remains a cult figure among music fans. A recent film about his life ‘Control’ was awarded with critical praise, showcasing the demons of the iconic singer.

However one time band member Peter Hook has a less virtuous view of the singer, recently admitting that he has frequently faked Ian Curtis’ autograph.

For years the bass player would sign memorabilia and sell it on, recently finding a faked autograph in a Manchester record shop. “I did have a reputation for doing Ian Curtis’ autograph for a long time” he admitted to Contact Music.

“There’s some guy who had (debut Joy Division EP) ‘An Ideal For Living’ and it was signed by all four members of the band and dated. I went in and said, ‘Have you not noticed that the date is after Ian died?’. It was me, I did them as a joke!” he explained.

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