Unknown Pleasures

Unknown Pleasures

Inside Joy Division

Book - 2012
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A roller-coaster, inside story of life, love, and loss with one of the cult seminal postpunk bands of the 1970s and 1980s, with rare photographs

As cofounder of Joy Division, Peter Hook was the inspiration behind a band that would shape the course of popular music. He provided the propulsive bass guitar melodies of "Love Will Tear Us Apart," and was at the heart of the sound that came to define an era and inspire a generation. Here he tells the story of that time: of the music, the madness, the band members, and the other characters on the scene that made it the unforgettable, iconic time it was. He talks with eye-opening candor and reflection about the suicide of Ian Curtis—often seen as the "intellectual one—to Peter and the band he was just "one of the lads," and the burden of balancing his epilepsy and the demands of his domestic life only really emerged when it was too late. Peter covers the band's friendships and fallouts; their rehearsals and recording sessions; and the larger-than-life characters who formed a vital part of the Joy Division story.

Simon and Schuster
As co-founder of Joy Division, Peter Hook was the inspiration behind a band that would shape the course of popular music. He provided the propulsive bass guitar melodies of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', and was at the heart of the sound that came to define an era and inspire a generation.
In Unknown Pleasures, he tells the story of that time; of the music, the madness, the band members and the other characters on the scene that made it the unforgettable, iconic time it was.

Publisher: London ; New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
ISBN: 9780857202161
9780857202154
Branch Call Number: 782.421660922 Joy-H
Characteristics: xvii, 318 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Inside Joy Division

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lukasevansherman
Oct 30, 2013

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."

Donna_R Nov 18, 2012

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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