Unknown Pleasures

Unknown Pleasures

Inside Joy Division

Book - 2012
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"This is the story of Joy Division told by the band's legendary bassist, Peter Hook. Joy Division changed the face of music. Godfathers of the current alternative scene, they reinvented rock in the post-punk era, creating a new sound -- dark, hypnotic, intense -- that would influence U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead and many others. The band's image, once subversive and alienating, has become an internationally renowned 'look' well documented by photographers Anton Corbijn, Kevin Cummins and graphic designer Peter Saville. Inspired by punk, Peter Hook and his old school friend Bernard Sumner started the band, uniting with a gifted lead singer and lyricist, Ian Curtis, and a brilliant drummer, Stephen Morris. With some cobbled together instruments and a clapped-out old van, four young lads from Manchester and Salford played their own unique sound in pubs and clubs across the whole of Britain, until in 1980 they had released two albums and were on the cusp of touring America. Then Ian Curtis's suicide left everyone around him bereft. Best known for the propulsive bass guitar melodies of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', Hooky was at the heart of the sound that came to define an era and inspire a generation. In the frank, no-holds-barred style that has seen his previous book 'The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club' hailed as one of the best music books of 2009, Peter 'Hooky' Hook gives us the inside story of life with Joy Division. He talks with eye-popping candour and reflection about the suicide of Ian Curtis; covers the band's friendships and fall-outs; their rehearsals and recording sessions; and the larger-than-life characters who formed a vital part of the Joy Division legend: Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton, Martin Hannett, and more"--Publisher's description, p. [2] of dust jacket.
Publisher: London : Simon & Schuster, ©2012
ISBN: 9780857202154
Branch Call Number: 782.421660922 HOO 2012
Characteristics: xvii, 318 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm


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Oct 30, 2013

A few weeks ago, I saw Peter Hook play the first two New Order albums in their entirety, which prompted me to pick up this book. As the subtitle indicates, this is all about his first band, Joy Division, and it offers up both his personal take on their brief, but epochal career and a chronology of their shows and recordings. While they now are legends, Hook, in blunt, opinionated, sometimes vulgar prose, details how they were just a working, struggling band trying to break out and quit their day jobs. And he remembers Ian Curtis, whose suicide ended the band, as less the enshrined martyr he is now and more as an exceptionally talented bloke who was one of the boys and enjoyed a laugh and a drink. His death hangs over the book and Hook, like everyone else, struggles to make sense of it. A brilliant read for fans of Joy Division/New Order.
"It was like driving a great car that had only 3 wheels. The loss of Ian had opened up a hole in us and we had to learn to write in a different way."

Donna_R Nov 18, 2012

Like his book on the legendary club[http://christchurch.bibliocommons.com/item/show/663776037_the_hacienda](The Hacienda), Peter Hook has an uncanny memory for the telling detail. His youth and the early days of Joy Division are under the microscope here, with lots of information and anecdotes. He paints Ian Curtis as a chameleon, who was arty with the girls but a lad with the band. Fascinating stuff.


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Nov 28, 2017

I remember driving there in the afternoon, and I remember getting there and loading the gear in. I don't remember the sound check. We had one, but we had no idea what to do because we'd never done one before. No one had the foggiest.

Not knowing what to do made it exciting, though. Like, now, everybody's got a stage manager and a sound guy, lights, etc. The bands know all about sound checks and levels, equipment and all that. Now they even have music schools to teach you that kind of stuff. Back then you knew f--- all. You didn't have anyone professional, just your mates, who, like you, were clueless.

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