Read Substance: Inside New Order Online Free - Two acclaimed albums and an upcoming US tour - Joy Division had the world at their feet. Then, on the eve of that tour and the beginning of what would surely have been an international success story, the band's troubled lead singer, Ian Curtis, killed himself.
'We didn't really think about it afterwards. It just sort of happened. One day we were Joy Division, then our lead singer killed himself and the next time we got together, we were a new band...'Peter Hook
That band was New Order.Their distinctive sound - a fusion of post-punk and ground-breaking electronica - paved the way for the dance music explosion of the '80s and earned them the reputation as one of the most influential bands of their generation. Despite their success, the band has always been a collision the visionary and the volatile, and relationships have often been fraught with tensions.
Peter Hook has written a no-holds-barred, comprehensive account of the band's entire history, packed with outrageous anecdotes and including every set list and tour itinerary and interspersed with 'geek facts' of every piece of electronic equipment used to forge the sound that changed the direction of popular music.
|Title||:||Substance: Inside New Order|
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February 07, 2017
752 pages never went by so quickly. Peter Hook’s Substance: Inside New Order (Dey St.) takes readers on a rollicking jaunt through the career of New Order, the Manchester band that the remaining members of Joy Division founded. Hooky, Joy Division’s and New Order’s bassist and co-songwriter, tell...
October 26, 2016
Oh Hooky, you're a right bastard. But a likable one. Looking forward to seeing him perform in a few weeks. Also learned tons of British slang - at least I think I did.
September 06, 2017
After the relatively slim volume on Joy Division, 'Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division', which I really enjoyed, this 2017 follow up on New Order, a bloated 752 page behemoth, was quite a shock. Having quit the band, or been thrown out, depending on who you believe, the gloves were off for thi...
May 04, 2017
--"We were off our nut when..."
--Barney is a jerk, but at least he's consistent about it
--Barney's also a great guitarist and songwriter, so there's that
--How the Hacienda lasted as long as it did is a miracle
--BASS PLAYING RULES OK
Seriously, though...this was quite an interesting ride...
July 23, 2017
Maybe I'm a sucker for the "inside story." It takes me back to when I used to devour music magazines, trying to learn all of the details of the bands I love. Peter Hook tells the New Order story in a lively, subjective fashion, and a language thick with dialect. Hook may be full of himself, but h...
September 27, 2017
This is the third of Peter Hook's books that I've read and the first one I'll leave a review for. They're all entertaining but not consequential in a way that demands a response. It was interesting for a fan like myself to peer into the dynamics of the band New Order, but the uniqueness of their...
April 05, 2017
A great read. Get's very druggy in the last third which is a bit tedious at times but you can't really complain about it when it's real life as opposed to fiction.
March 11, 2017
I always said that if I was in a band, I would probably sound like New Order. They're not my favourite band ever but that fusion of synth and rock is right up my street. And Peter Hook is a huge part of that sound. This is not one of those hoary old puff-pieces where the author settles a score th...
December 05, 2016
A no holds barred look back at the life of Peter Hook during his New Order (on and off) period. As I already knew, Hooky is no angel but he very much wears his heart on his sleeve. Alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, control freaks, but plenty good times as well. Will be getting a hold of Hoo...
December 12, 2016
This has everything I wanted as a die hard New Order and rock biography fan. Detailed studio notes behind each track, inside gossip from all of the tours, the back biting, rampant drug taking and of course, of Barney bating. Probably only dedicated fans will enjoy the minutia. I already knew that...