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Unknown Pleasures

Inside Joy Division
Hook, Peter (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Godfathers of alternative rock, Joy Division reinvented music in the post-punk era, creating a new sound--dark, hypnotic, and intense--that would influence U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead, and numerous others. The story is now legendary: in 1980, on the heels of their groundbreaking debut, Unknown Pleasures, and on the eve of their first U.S. tour, the band was rent asunder by the tragic death of their enigmatic lead singer, Ian Curtis. Yet in the mere three years they were together, Joy Division produced two landmark albums and a handful of singles--including the iconic anthem "Love Will Tear Us Apart"--that continue to have a powerful resonance. Now, for the first time, their story is told by one of their own. Founding member and bass player Peter Hook recounts how four young men from Manchester and Salisbury, with makeshift instruments and a broken-down van, rose from the punk scene to create a haunting, atmospheric music that would define a generation.--From publisher description.
Authors: Hook, Peter, 1956-
Title: Unknown pleasures
inside Joy Division
Publisher: New York : It Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 386 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., facsims., ports. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Peter Hook
Notes: "Originally published in the UK in 2012 in slightly different form by Simon & Schuster UK"--T.p. verso
Includes index
Contents: Prologue. January 1978
Part one : Insight. Oh fuck, it's Steve Harley
Timeline one : May 1948-April 1976
Part two : Disorder. Normal band, normal night, few people watching, clap-clap, very good
Is that a bass guitar?
He was just a kid with "Hate" on his coat
He was one of us
I can't actually think of anything less 'us' than a wet-towel fight
The twats were flicking the V's up at us
Apart from the odd pint pot in the gob, it was a good gig
Even the shit ones were pretty good
I told him exactly where he could stick his vibrators
Timeline two : June 1976-December 1977
Part three : Transmission. It was like The X factor for punks
We need to get rid of this Nazi artwork
The biggest rain of spit I've ever seen in my life
Timeline three : January 1978-December 1978
Part four : Love will tear us apart. Peter's fell off his chair again
Fuck, Martin's got a boot full of stolen radios
It sounds like a fucking helicopter
He was looking for that spark
Not that I'd change anything
Stop fucking moaning, Hooky
I just went for a piss
You shouldn't trust a word I say
Bring it on
Turned out to be horse meat
He's possessed by the devil, that twat
Unknown pleasures track by track
Timeline four : January 1979-December 1979
Part five : Ceremony. A right mother hen
We carried on
He thought we were pricks
and how right he was
His mum got the blood out by washing it in a bath of saltwater
We were so excited about going to America
I never said good-bye
Epilogue
Closer track by track
Timeline five : January 1980-October 1981
Summary: Godfathers of alternative rock, Joy Division reinvented music in the post-punk era, creating a new sound--dark, hypnotic, and intense--that would influence U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead, and numerous others. The story is now legendary: in 1980, on the heels of their groundbreaking debut, Unknown Pleasures, and on the eve of their first U.S. tour, the band was rent asunder by the tragic death of their enigmatic lead singer, Ian Curtis. Yet in the mere three years they were together, Joy Division produced two landmark albums and a handful of singles--including the iconic anthem "Love Will Tear Us Apart"--that continue to have a powerful resonance. Now, for the first time, their story is told by one of their own. Founding member and bass player Peter Hook recounts how four young men from Manchester and Salisbury, with makeshift instruments and a broken-down van, rose from the punk scene to create a haunting, atmospheric music that would define a generation.--From publisher description.
Alternate Title: Inside Joy Division
ISBN: 9780062222565
0062222562
Branch Call Number: 782.421660922 H781u 2013
Subject Headings: Hook, Peter, 1956- Joy Division (Musical group) Rock musicians England Biography
Topical Term: Rock musicians
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Founding member and bass player Peter Hook recounts how four young men from Manchester and Salisbury, with makeshift instruments and a broken-down van, rose from the punk scene to create a haunting, atmospheric music that would define a generation.
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Oct 30, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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."

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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