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, R.E.M., Radiohead, and many others.
Inspired by the attitude and energy of punk, Peter Hook and school friend Bernard Sumner joined lead-singer and lyricist Ian Curtis and drummer Stephen Morris, and with some cobbled-together instruments, they created their own unique sound. In 1980 they had released two albums and were on the cusp of touring America when Ian Curtis committed suicide. In this no-holds-barred account, Peter Hook gives us the inside story of life with Joy Division.
He talks with candour and reflection about Curtis's suicide and covers the band's friendships and fall-outs; their rehearsals and recording sessions; and the many larger-than-life characters that formed a vital part of the Joy Division legend.
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While I also bought the paper version of this, Peter Hook's narration tells you so much than he puts on the page and his fondness for Ian Curtis is so much clearer in his voice. And he is proper, sweary funny. I have a bit of a crush.
Brilliant account of all things Joy Division by Hooky ! A must for fans - Top listen !!!
Utterly essential for any Joy Division / New Order fan. Moving, hilarious, and insightful.
One of the best audiobooks I've bought ever.
"Insight and disorder"
I have been a joy division fan for many years and this is a book which tells the story in an engaging and seemingly very truthful way. Some great snippets like why hooky started playing bass so high. Hearing it read by hooky makes it so much better as he still obviously has such a passion for the music. Off to see play unknown pleasures and closer in Southampton in a few weeks. Can't wait.
"No portrait so fine"
It should be noted from the outset that this book is intended for a quite specific audience. There's an underlying assumption that you are already familiar with Joy Division - not only do you listen to their albums fairly regularly, you've also probably read Deborah Curtis's biography Touching From A Distance, and seen the films 24 Hour Party People and Control.
(Having said that, I retold several anecdotes from the book to people who had never heard of Joy Division, and they laughed.)
Which brings me to the main point of this review. The book is funny. I mean, really funny. It's not just "rock stars getting up to irresponsible hijinks" funny either (though there is some of that). It's Peter Hook's delivery; he's a natural born story-teller with an audiogenic voice and a supply of great tales.
It's not all hilarity, of course. There is considerable insight into the music scene of the time, comparisons with the product approach of the present day, domestic and personal moments, and reflections on how they managed to miss the obvious-in-retrospect signs of Ian Curtis's impending suicide.
In short, this is an excellent document of the rise, ensuing tragedy and lasting legacy of a bunch of truly talented young people that might leave you appreciating them even more than you did before. Now, can we PLEASE have an UNABRIDGED reading of Hook's Hacienda book?
"Hooky did good"
I personally enjoyed this book and i feel Peter Hook presented it very well. If you have a real interest in the music of this era, punk rock to new wave, then i can well recommend this title. Although it is a personal account by the author it gives you real insight and facts from boyhood to musicianhood and tells the highs and lows to the emergence of one of the UK's greatest ever bands and their remarkable early years.
Well worth a read
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