Unknown Pleasures by Peter Hook
Inside Joy Division

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...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...
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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.

 

About Peter Hook

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As co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, Peter Hook has been shaping the course of popular music for more than thirty years. He provided the propulsive bass guitar melodies on "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and the bestselling 12-inch single of all time, "Blue Monday," among many other songs and is now one of the most sought-after DJs in the world. He lives in Cheshire, England.
 
Published January 29, 2013 by It Books. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Dorian Lynskey on Oct 27 2012

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.

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Reviewed by Andy Beckett on Sep 19 2012

As an attempt to rewrite the Joy Division legend, this uneven book succeeds only partially.

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Reviewed by MICHAEL AZERRAD on Jan 25 2013

...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...

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Reviewed by Josh Modell on Jan 28 2013

If he had only taken this task a bit more seriously, it could’ve been brilliant. Perhaps that’s against the yobbo’s code.

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