Lead vocalist and songwriter for the post-punk band Joy Division, the group that released the songs "She's Lost Control" and "Transmission."
Even though he struggled in school, he was awarded a scholarship to The King's School in Macclesfield when he was eleven years old.
His life and death has been dramatized in the films 24 Hour Party People in 2002 and Control in 2007.
He married his high school friend, Deborah Woodruff, on August 23, 1975; his daughter, Natalie, was born on April 16, 1979.
Curtis and Peter Hook were bandmates in Joy Division.