Unknown Pleasures

Unknown Pleasures

Inside Joy Division

Book - 2013
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Godfathers of alternative rock, Joy Division 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. 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: [New York] : it Books, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062222565
Branch Call Number: 782.4216 JOY HOOK
Characteristics: 386 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Inside Joy Division


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Oct 30, 2013

A few weeks ago, I saw Peter Hook play the first two New Order albums in their entirety, which prompted me to pick up this book. As the subtitle indicates, this is all about his first band, Joy Division, and it offers up both his personal take on their brief, but epochal career and a chronology of their shows and recordings. While they now are legends, Hook, in blunt, opinionated, sometimes vulgar prose, details how they were just a working, struggling band trying to break out and quit their day jobs. And he remembers Ian Curtis, whose suicide ended the band, as less the enshrined martyr he is now and more as an exceptionally talented bloke who was one of the boys and enjoyed a laugh and a drink. His death hangs over the book and Hook, like everyone else, struggles to make sense of it. A brilliant read for fans of Joy Division/New Order.
"It was like driving a great car that had only 3 wheels. The loss of Ian had opened up a hole in us and we had to learn to write in a different way."

Donna_R Nov 18, 2012

Like his book on the legendary club[http://christchurch.bibliocommons.com/item/show/663776037_the_hacienda](The Hacienda), Peter Hook has an uncanny memory for the telling detail. His youth and the early days of Joy Division are under the microscope here, with lots of information and anecdotes. He paints Ian Curtis as a chameleon, who was arty with the girls but a lad with the band. Fascinating stuff.


Add a Quote
Nov 28, 2017

I remember driving there in the afternoon, and I remember getting there and loading the gear in. I don't remember the sound check. We had one, but we had no idea what to do because we'd never done one before. No one had the foggiest.

Not knowing what to do made it exciting, though. Like, now, everybody's got a stage manager and a sound guy, lights, etc. The bands know all about sound checks and levels, equipment and all that. Now they even have music schools to teach you that kind of stuff. Back then you knew f--- all. You didn't have anyone professional, just your mates, who, like you, were clueless.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SCCLD

To Top