In Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, Peter Hook, bassist for the legendary, groundbreaking band Joy Division, takes readers backstage with the group that helped define the sound of a generation and influenced artists such as U2, Radiohead, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Unlike other books about Joy Division, Factory Records, or lead singer Ian Curtis—who took his own life just before the band's first U.S. Tour—Unknown Pleasures tells Joy Division's story from the unique perspective of one of the three surviving band members.
Told with surprising humor and vivid detail, Unknown Pleasures is the book Joy Division fans have been waiting for.
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About the Author
Peter Hook was born in 1956 in Salford, England. A founding member of Joy Division and New Order, he is an international DJ and tours Joy Division's music with his new band, the Light. He lives in Cheshire.
Table of Contents
Prologue: January 1978 3
Part 1 "Insight"
"Oh, fuck, it's Steve Harley" 13
Timeline One: May 1948-April 1976 19
Part 2 "Disorder"
"Normal band, normal night, few people watching, clap-clap, very good" 31
"Is that a bass guitar?" 37
"He was just a kid with 'Hate' on his coat" 43
"He was one of us" 50
"I can't actually think of anything less 'us' than a wet-towel fight" 55
"The twats were flicking the V's up at us" 65
"Apart from the odd pint pot in the gob, it was a good gig" 75
"Even the shit ones were pretty good" 81
"I told him exactly where he could stick his vibrators" 89
Timeline Two: June 1976-December 1977 101
Part 3 "Transmission"
"It was like The X Factor for punks" 113
"We need to get rid of this Nazi artwork" 121
"The biggest rain of spit I've ever seen in my life" 144
Timeline Three: January 1978-December 1978 151
Part 4 "Love Will Tear us Apart"
"Peter's fell off his chair again" 165
"Fuck, Martin's got a boot full of stolen car radios" 170
"It sounds like a fucking helicopter" 179
"He was looking for that spark" 184
"Not that I'd change anything" 198
"Stop fucking moaning, Hooky" 207
"I just went for a piss" 211
"You shouldn't trust a word I say" 215
"Bring it on" 223
"Turned out to be horse meat" 231
"He's possessed by the devil, that twat" 238
Unknown Pleasures Track by Track 249
Timeline Four: January 1979-December 1979 259
Part 5 "Ceremony"
"A right mother hen" 291
"We carried on" 298
"He thought we were pricks-and how right he was" 303
"His mum got the blood out by washing it in a bath of saltwater" 317
"We were so excited about going to America" 329
"I never said good-bye 334
Closer Track by Track 345
Timeline Five: January 1980-October 1981 353
What People are Saying About This
“Vivid, funny, and unexpectedly touching, Peter Hook’s memoir strips away the shroud of myth surrounding Joy Division to offer a refreshingly gritty perspective on the story of four ordinary young men who together made extraordinary music.”
“A bittersweet, profanity-filled recollection of their brief existence . . . recalled with Hook’s winning Manc gallows humor . . . If you like Joy Division you really have to read it.”
The most colorful and intimate account of Joy Division ever written . . . Hook evokes the spirit of the age with a bluff authenticity that no outsider could hope to emulate…explaining the creation of his band’s remarkable music with all the passion and insight it deserves.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Okay. Two reasons why I requested this book for review. 1. The hombre loves Joy Division. and 2. I wanted to know more about the band. Now I’m not a fan. Yes, I listen to a few of the songs when the hombre plays them (I must say, he still has the CD set of Heart and Soul that I bought him as a gift years ago - which makes me all warm and fuzzy because I got him something that he loves and still listens to..anyway! I’m going off topic here....) I thought the book was pretty good - now I completely understand a fan would greatly appreciate this book as it gives you an insight on how the band was. I liked the way it was written, it was to the point, and at some times really blunt. I found myself laughing at bits of it. Gradually as the book progresses though, it does get more serious and more sad - since you know what’s going to happen to Ian Curtis and although he was undergoing serious health issues they just kept going. It’s admirable because they went through a lot of struggle in the beginning, but they persisted (it’s also extremely difficult to be successful as a rock band as I learnt while reading through this book) The book also includes a more detailed description on each track the band has made which I believe fans will greatly appreciate and lots of references to other bands they have met, toured with, and sometimes fought with (hah, those were funny parts). It was also interesting to see how Hook describes Ian Curtis during their tour stops. (He can be just one of the guys too - which was hard for me to see) You also had to sympathize for him and his struggle with epilepsy. Hook’s narrative is very good and easy to follow and above all very entertaining. Fans will greatly appreciate this book, non fans wanting to read how a real (yes I say REAL) band works should pick this up to get a glimpse at how hard it really is (no seriously, it’s really hard and not as easy as you think!) also, nice small appearances from The Cure and Bono!!!!
A must have for all the fans of Joy Division. Peter Hook (bass guitarist of the Joy Division and New Order) writes very well. His book is informative and fun to read. I hope he writes another book about New Order. I'll buy it, if he does:).
A tragicomic excellent read.