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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There's a lovely image of Curtis in the studio, assembling his brutal, beautiful lyrics by rummaging through a carrier bag full of scraps of paper.Read Full Review of Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy... | See more reviews from Guardian
As an attempt to rewrite the Joy Division legend, this uneven book succeeds only partially.Read Full Review of Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy... | See more reviews from Guardian
...while "Unknown Pleasures" offers plenty about the genesis of postpunk, the Manchester scene and Joy Division itself, its great strength is as an object lesson in how oblivious people can be...Read Full Review of Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy... | See more reviews from WSJ online
If he had only taken this task a bit more seriously, it could’ve been brilliant. Perhaps that’s against the yobbo’s code.Read Full Review of Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy... | See more reviews from AV Club
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