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the morning cram [you take the blue pill edition]

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Controversial contraceptive coverage continues to cause commotion, but…

NPR reports contraception coverage laws have been in place for years.

Kentucky~ The Racers’ perfect record is tarnished. Schools will hold BMI screenings to combat growing childhood obesity rates. Pressure builds on lawmakers to pass a gambling amendment. Beshear appoints a commission to study the state’s tax system.  An early look at traffic fatalities show an increase over 2012.

Tennessee ~ Union City loses another major employer.



His Youth Was Fully Blown…

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by Todd Hatton

John Keats began his poem “Endymion” with the line, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”  The phrase has descended into cliché to be sure, but it was the first thing that popped into my head this past Tuesday afternoon when I remembered, through all of the noise and numbers of the Kentucky primary, that it was a particularly poignant anniversary.  On May 18th, 1980, Ian Curtis, lead singer for the band Joy Division took his own life in the home he shared with his estranged wife in Macclesfield, in Cheshire, UK.  He had been battling depression and severe epilepsy aggravated by the twin stresses of touring and a disintegrating marriage.

It probably, no, definitely dates me that I even know who either Ian Curtis or Joy Division was.  I ran across them while in high school in the late 80s when a friend mentioned in passing that his favorite group, New Order, had been another animal entirely before Curtis’ suicide.  Another friend loaned me a tape that, among the Love and Rockets, Husker Du, and Happy Mondays cuts, contained the single “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”  The song seemed at once cool and detached and still heartbreakingly intimate, all the more so considering Curtis’ fate.

So, this past Tuesday, I poked around online and found this 2008 BBC Four documentary detailing the rise and fall of Joy Division and Factory Records, the label that introduced them to the world and created “Madchester,” the Manchester music scene that dominated until the rise of grunge in the early 90s.

I can never recommend BBC documentaries enough; I’m convinced they could describe a glass of milk and make it riveting.  This one is no exception; a thing of beauty indeed.

Written by Todd Hatton

May 20, 2010 at 9:17 am