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Unknown Pleasures

Inside Joy Division

Hook, Peter

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Unknown Pleasures
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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.
Publisher: New York : It Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0062222562
9780062222565
Branch Call Number: 782.421660922 H781u 2013
Characteristics: 386 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., facsims., ports. ;,24 cm
Alternate Title: Inside Joy Division

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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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