Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 25, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
'Genuinely funny: indeed, the story will… keep you entertained for a very long time' Sunday Times

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. This is the story of Joy Division told by the band's legendary bassist, Peter Hook.

'Hook has restored a flesh-and-blood rawness to what was becoming a standard tale. Few pop music books manage that'Guardian

'An honest, enthusiastic account … It's a window like no other into the reality of life in this most aloof of bands' METRO

'An immense account of Joy Division's rise…Having read Hook's book, you'll feel like you were the fifth member of the band' GQ

'A bittersweet, profanity filled recollection… If you like Joy Division, you really have to read it' Q Magazine

'Hook lifts the lid on the real Ian Curtis' NME

'He's frank, incredibly funny, and isn't shy'Artrocker

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User Review  - Lord_Boris - LibraryThing

Hooky gives an insiders view of the history of Joy Division and life inside the band. Even the most knowledgeable fans will learn something new here. An easy and enjoyable read but with too much on ... Read full review

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User Review  - sbloom42 - LibraryThing

Peter Hook's "Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division" reads like a transcript of what you'd expect a conversation with Peter Hook at a pub to be, talking about Joy Division. This has its upsides and ... Read full review


You can take the boy out of Salford but you cant take Salford
Oh fuck its Steve Harley
Is that a bass guitar?
I cant actually think of anything less us than a wettowel fight
Apart from the odd pint pot in the gob it was a good gig
I told him exactly where he could stick his vibrators
June 1976December 1977
Not that Id change anything
You shouldnt trust a word I say
Turned out to be horse meat
Unknown Pleasures Track by Track
His mum got the blood out by washing it in a bath of salt water
I never said goodbye
Closer Track by Track

We need to get rid of this Nazi artwork
The biggest rain of spit Ive ever seen in my life
Love Will Tear Us Apart
It sounds like a fucking helicopter
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About the author (2013)

Peter Hook was born in 1956 in Salford. He was a founding member of Joy Division and New Order and DJs internationally as well as touring Joy Division’s music with his new band The Light. He lives in Cheshire

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