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Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

Narrated by: Peter Hook
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
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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.

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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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  • Jack F.
  • 09-17-19

Absolutely a must have for Punk/New Wave fans!

Peter Hook is the light when it comes to Joy Division, his recount is nohing short of brilliance. This is a must listen for anybody interested in the Factory scene circa 1978 onwards.

On to the Hacienda!

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  • Graham G Grant
  • 09-04-19

How Joy Division lost control

Joy Division bassist Peter Hook provides a forensic and searingly honest account of life inside a band whose premature end didn’t prevent it becoming hugely influential. It’s funny - quite a feat given the sometimes harrowing subject matter - and well-paced, with plenty of frank anecdotes. It’s a candid and compulsive listen as it builds to the inevitable climax of Ian Curtis’s suicide, on the eve of the band’s US tour. Recommended for fans, but also for anyone interested in the pitfalls of fame and the inner workings of the music business in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. Hook’s narration is warm, witty and conversational. The exhaustive accounts of set lists for every gig perhaps work better in a conventional, rather than an audio, book; it can get a bit dull, but Hook throws in memories and anecdotes about chaotic shows that descend into mass brawls, or the intense competition with rival bands. A really masterful memoir.

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  • SDH
  • 08-14-19

Excellent book about an excellent band

Sadly not called Hooky’s Booky Wook but an excellent book about an excellent band all the same

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  • michael Billington
  • 08-10-19

Honest and suprisingly moving at times

Written by Peter Hook and read by the author which makes it even more engaging...pure joy for any fans of Joy Division and anyone looking for an entertaining story of life in a band. Highly recommended

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  • Vicuña
  • 07-24-19

Incisive and interesting

I’m not sure that I could have read this book. Much as I like Joy Divison and New Order’s music, the constant use of expletives in Unknown Pleasures could be hard going. But listening to Hooky narrating, it borders on acceptable. I ignored most of it and concentrated on the content.

There’s a huge amount of insight into the his5or6 of the band, their gigs, contemporaries, the creative process, difficulties conflicts etc. Life on the road was ver6 different in the late 1970s early 1980s and one has to admire their dedication. Loads of info about the inspiration behind many of their most memorable tracks, along with a few revelations about how the music process really works. Enjoyed this.

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  • dan
  • 06-29-19

Great read from the one and only ... Hooky.<br />

1st hand factual account from source. really well read . Hope he reads another one soon

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  • JJC
  • 06-23-19

A good yarn, well read

Peter Hook admits he took a very long time to grow up and that for much of the Joy Division and New Order years he was something of an immature idiot - in common with most of the other band members. Would the music have been even better if they hadn’t been quite so drunk or quite so stupid - and what might have become of Ian Curtis if they’d been a bit more switched on to what was really going on with him? Anyway, it’s an honest and gripping tale from PH and provides some great insights into music life in this period. I really like it when the writer of a book like this reads his own stuff and PH does a great job in this instance.

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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.

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