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Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division [Kindle Edition]

Peter Hook
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Book Description

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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"'A testosterone-scented transcript of ripping yarns... much fun to be had within' (Q Magazine) 'This book should become a cautionary tale of modern times' (Mojo) 'A compelling read' (Sunday Times)"

From the Back Cover

Joy Division changed the face of music. Godfathers of alternative rock, they reinvented music in the post-punk era, creating a new sound—dark, hypnotic, and intense—that would influence U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead, and numerous others. The story is now legendary: in 1980, on the heels of their groundbreaking debut, Unknown Pleasures, and on the eve of their first U.S. tour, the band was rent asunder by the tragic death of their enigmatic lead singer, Ian Curtis. Yet in the mere three years they were together, Joy Division produced two landmark albums and a handful of singles—including the iconic anthem "Love Will Tear Us Apart"—that continue to have a powerful resonance.

Now, for the first time, their story is told by one of their own. In Unknown Pleasures, founding member and bass player Peter Hook recounts how four young men from Manchester and Salisbury, with makeshift instruments and a broken-down van, rose from the punk scene to create a haunting, atmospheric music that would define a generation. Peter talks with eye-opening candor and reflection about the suicide of Ian Curtis; the band's friendships and fallouts; the evolution of their sound and image; and the larger-than-life characters who formed a vital part of the Joy Division legend, including Factory Records founder Tony Wilson and producer Martin Hannett. Told with surprising humor and vivid detail, Unknown Pleasures is the book Joy Division fans have awaited for decades.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4505 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062222562
  • Publisher: It Books (January 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089LOJ90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In-depth review: full of sound and fury January 29, 2013
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Bassist Peter Hook tells his band's tale of sound and fury. Told not by a madman, but a droll, deadpan participant-observer, this long saga of Joy Division's short span signifies far from nothing. The four members transcended prog, metal, or glam: they pioneered post-punk.

A conventional rock-star bio's touchstones don't weigh this punchy, profane narrative down. (I reviewed an advance e-galley.) While a quick dramatis personae precedes his band narrative, and timelines intersperse comments on gigs, album tracks, and studio work with chatty chapters narrating the band's fortunes, Hook shepherds us rapidly along as punk bursts and fades as quickly into a cold future.

They blunder on in a grim British environment. They may come back from a gig at six in the morning only to go to work at seven. This unpretentious narrative conveys what the "tone-deaf" bassist knows and the band's fans want to learn, but it strips away digressions. It may dash ahead here and there into New Order or current d.j.-related territory, but these detours branch from the musical path blazed from the late-1970s onward under a thoughtful if cranky, wry guide. Hook relies upon an understated, efficient, and acerbic tone, as if he's sharing his reflections and memories with you at his corner pub.

Brisk episodes in declarative form convey the chronology. Seeing the Sex Pistols first play Manchester in June 1976, Hooky, Bernard, and Terry (Mason, their longtime associate) had shorn their locks, razored their thrift-store gear, and vowed to follow Johnny Rotten's commitment to a wall of distortion, a fierce integrity, and a musical vision that transcended the limits of punk.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific book November 16, 2012
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Peter Hook has written a very good book - the funny, touching and ultimately tragic story of Joy Division. What shines through is Mr Hook's anti-rock star humanity - his basic modesty,his justifiable pride in JD's achievements (including his own considerable contribution), his continuing admiration for his now-estranged band mates, and the terrible impact of the death of his friend Ian Curtis. Peter Hook often describes himself as a yobbo in these pages: on this evidence he's anything but that.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasures and Pain February 25, 2013
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Very engaging. enjoyable, often very funny and also quite sad as there is a pall hanging over the story. Peter Hook writes in an intimate yet not so personal way. He's a natural story teller. I found the book revelatory in that it captures the excitement and some of the glamour and youthful exuberance of being in a band discovering and developing themselves while at the same time de-glamourizes the whole thing with the wonderful often foul mouthes english humor along with describing the conditions of touring and recording that only the young could put up with. These guys did what they did for the sheer hell of it, and that at least to me is what rock and roll (and all its sub-genres) are about. It's hard not to wonder what may have been but they certainly made their mark during their short existence. I have always been a fan of Joy Division (I still remember hearing them the first time and sensing it was them from all that I had heard and read) , and come away from their story more impressed with their music and legacy. Just a very well written book. Absolutely worth reading for any Joy Division fan, plus any fan curious about a very influential band not that well-known except by aficionados and also for anyone curious about what it really is like to be in a band trying to develop their abilities along the way, while also just surviving (for most anyway) along the way of them shooting for success.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First Person Real! October 3, 2013
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Not a pro writer. Not a ghost writer. Just a bloke talking about his mates. Brilliant read. Hook takes the reader inside and makes them a part of the real history rather than the mythology. Kudos Hooky!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable March 17, 2013
By Amber
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I have read many books about my favorite band, Joy Division, so I did not expect to learn anything new from this book, but I was wrong! Hookie captures the essence of Ian's personality in a way that makes me think differently of him. Ian was a buddy, one of the guys, a jokester, NOT the depressive melancholy man he has been made out to be in the press. His demons were deeply internalized and surfaced through his music, not his behavior. I was also surprised to learn of the difficulties the guys had after starting New Order. New Order are such an incredibly unique and solid band, I never would have thought that the guys mostly did not get along, and that they all had tremendous doubts about the project as a whole. I would recommend this book to fans of Joy Division and New Order alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside Joy Division June 21, 2013
By Bw778
I just recently got into Joy Division and became fascinated with the story of the group. Peter does a great job in this novel describing what being in the group was like during their brief 2 and a half year history before the death of Ian Curtis in 1980. Very good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun look inside a great band March 3, 2013
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Peter Hook's book covers most of the same ground that the 2007 Joy Division documentary does, but it's the story told from his perspective and in his own words, and it's generally a great read. In addition there's a very detailed list of all the bands gigs for the short time they were together, so for any Joy Division fans out there, this is probably something you'd want to put in your library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 4 days ago by Michael J Clifton
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, poignant
Funny, poignant, and revealing. Joy Division was here but now they are gone. The only thing worse would be if they never were. Thanks to Hooky for putting it to paper.
Published 29 days ago by john Macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Here again I found this book to be fantastic. Right down to when Iam...
Here again I found this book to be fantastic. Right down to when Iam killed himself listening to the Idiot albumn,
Published 2 months ago by tjtravis01
5.0 out of 5 stars Like sitting in a pub and talking about old times
This is an engaging read and a very human, down to earth reminiscence. "Hooky" puts on no airs and discusses his time with Joy Division as if he's sitting with you in a pub... Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Sorkin
5.0 out of 5 stars A different view of what really happened in Joy Divison
Peter Hook gives a different look at what was going on in Joy Division from the other books that have been written. I never cared for Peter Hook. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. Hellstrom
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing gained
Through this whole book nothing was gained anything said by the author is common knowledge.was hoping for juicy tidbits AT all
Published 3 months ago by kara
4.0 out of 5 stars Love will tear us apart
Unflinching look at one of the most vital bands in rock history. Makes me miss Ian Curtis even more. Great read!
Published 3 months ago by Mike Lanzalotti
5.0 out of 5 stars Memoir by a legend
Peter Hook is a living legend. This book is a must have for any fan of his music. I truly appreciate his perspective and insight into one of the most iconic rock bands.
Published 3 months ago by SM
5.0 out of 5 stars what a life
it's a show by show recount of the comings and goings, the drama, and the insanity of the start of a multi-billion dollar industry.
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth It
If you're a Joy Division fan, interested in the origins of New Order, or just a naturally curious person, this is a wonderful read.
Published 4 months ago by KyleBC
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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.

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