Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division by Peter Hook

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Read Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division Online Free - 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.

Title : Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division
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ISBN : 0062222562
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Gregsamsa rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 14, 2014

Rejoice! We are lucky, lovers of lit. You know what will never happen to us? We will never realize that the creator of the work of art we most adore is a dumb git. You just can't be one and write well. You can be one and paint. You can be one and dance. You can certainly be one and join a band. E...

Paul rated it ★★★★★

August 25, 2017

“Demystify.” This word never appears in Peter Hook’s memoir of his former band, but it definitely describes the Joy Division bassist’s project. Hook’s raunchy and funny book demystifies Joy Division, presenting them as a postpunk Mötley Crüe, a band that partied hard and reveled in all the filth...

Nigeyb rated it ★★★★☆

August 15, 2017

I saw 'Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division' by Peter Hook in the library and got it out on a whim. Well, a whim informed by a teenage love of Joy Division, and having enjoyed another book by Peter Hook, the rip roaring 'The Haçienda: How Not to Run a Club' which I highly recommend - Click here...

RandomAnthony rated it ★★★★☆

July 22, 2014

Joy Division and New Order mean/meant a shit-ton to me. I can't imagine my life without them, and beyond hyperbole, only three or four other bands/musicians land in this personal category. Their history is so much bigger than the "Ian Curtis killed himself" mythology, and Peter Hook's (both bands...

Andy rated it ★★★★☆

February 03, 2013

Brilliant! I read Hookys previous book about his disastrous experiences managing the Hacienda and was shocked to see this in my local bookshop. Didn't even know it was coming out. Ended up tearing through it in a couple of days. The great thing about Hooky is he has a workmanlike no bullshit appr...

Steven rated it ★★★☆☆

May 05, 2013

Peter Hook's "Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division" reads like a transcript of what you'd expect a conversation with Peter Hook at a pub to be, talking about Joy Division. This has its upsides and downsides. It makes the book, at times, a breeze to read, but other times, when Hook slips into co...

Marc rated it ★★★★☆

February 19, 2014

Okay I'm a massive Joy Division fan and in the days before everyone around the band or in it rushed wrote a memoir, or made a film, I was scrabbling around for any little clue about the band from clippings in the music press or whatever. I bought all the bootleg tapes of live gigs and listened to...

Teree rated it ★★★★★

January 12, 2013

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 If you listen to Joy Division, you should read Peter Hook's book; he has a lot to share with us. I finished it this morning, cried for a while, reread the "Closer" chapter, and played all my albums and singles. After having read this book, their music sounds impossib...

ვაქო rated it ★★★★★

August 21, 2017

ალბათ 2015 წლამდე ჩემი მუსიკალური გემოვნება დღევანდელთან შედარებით დიდად განსხვავდებოდა, მახსოვს ლედ ზეპელინის პირველ ალბომს ვუსმენდი, ყველა ნოტი მუსიკაა იქ ... თუმცა თავს ვერ ვაიგივებდი მასთან ... შინაგანად ვხვდებოდი რომ ეს ჩემი მუსიკა არ არის ... ჯოი დივიზიონს ადრე ვერ ვიტანდი, რადგან ბევრი ბაძ...

Nicole rated it ★★★★☆

March 17, 2013

I knew absolutely NOTHING about Joy Division before I read this book. I was familiar with New Order (which gets many references in this book but since it's not called "New Order," there's not a lot on their music). I do like a memoir, so I learned about the band as I read - getting angry when I'd...

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