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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.

©2012 Peter Hook (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • simmering123
  • 04-02-16

Superb!

Hooky brings honesty,warmth,humour and intelligence to this book and his reading is great, like sitting in a warm pub on a winters day lunch time huddled over a beer with a great mate sharing fantastic stories.

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  • Ciaran
  • 11-03-12

Quite perfect

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.

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  • Rob Sanderson
  • 12-01-15

A great listen regardless of being a fan or not

If you could sum up Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division in three words, what would they be?

Interesting witty insightfull

Who was your favorite character and why?

It has to be Peter Hook really

Have you listened to any of Peter Hook’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've not listened to any

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I almost did and had to fight myself not to. I bought this book specifically to listen to durring a long journey I had to make and thought I'd have a sneaky listen the day before. BIG MISTAKE I couldn't stop listening to it and ended up having to download another book for my journey

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I think as boys growing up thinking how cool it would be to be in a band and how you'd live the high life this book shows how wrong this perception can be. These guys did it for the love of doing it, their naivety of the industry and even making music is refreshing in a day of manufactured rubbish that is x factor and pop idol. Its a bygone age that brought us a wealth of music with a heart which is quite a depressing thought in itself.

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  • christopher p.
  • 10-12-18

Amazing

Gutted when it finished . Hooky can tell a story . Got me backtracking everything musically he talks about . Such a good book

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  • Chris Underhay
  • 10-07-18

Highly recommended.

Very funny and a great insight into a great band. Well read and a must have for fans.

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  • J. Sutton
  • 10-05-18

Cracking

Told in hooky'z own words this is a vibrant and moving account of the brief history of joy division. Lots of hilarious and fascinating detail about the people and the music. Thanks Hooky!

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  • Sci Fi Expert
  • 07-14-18

Spot on!

As a fan of joy division for many years, and New Order for that matter, I grew up with their music and also with the culture that surrounded them. Having read other accounts of this story, many of which Hooky references, I have to say this is by far the most honest, and matter of fact - it strangely transports you back in time too. Peter tells it like it is, and his delivery is wonderfully conversational in the only way he can be- it’s pure Hooky, as though he’s sat there in the room telling you this story. But it’s not without compassion either, especially for those in the band that were divided.

Thoroughly addictive, and a must for anyone seeking to know the inside story of Factory, Joy Division.

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  • Anthony Davies
  • 06-29-18

Far far more engaging than I expected

As a fairly avid fan I thought I knew this story pretty well, but I thoroughly enjoyed Unkown Pleasures by Hooky. It added and didn't take away from the music I love. Nice style and as per other reviews Hooks style is very easy to listen to and feels far more engaging than in the recent documentaries and interviews. I can genuinely recommend this one - great work Hooky, see you and The Light soon!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-18

Incredible Story

Essential listening/reading for Joy Division and New Order fans. Incredible, detailed, indepth, honest, heartful story.

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  • Matthew Powell
  • 01-12-18

Heart and Soul

Listening to Peter Hook reading brought humour, unexpected warmth, and depth to this incredible story

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  • Brad
  • 01-27-18

Great

Gives an excellent insight into Joy Division and Ian Curtis
Long chronology sections get tedious and the English slang is hard to follow sometimes
Can’t wait to read Hooks New Order book

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  • Miguel Guerrero
  • 08-03-17

Great listen.

Great history, lots of interesting stories and well read by Peter Hook. If you're interested in joy division then read this.