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Brave but flawed,
This review is from: Bernard Sumner: Confusion - Joy Division, Electronic and New Order Verus the World: Confusion - Joy Division, Electronic and New Order Versus the World (Paperback)
This isn't quite the exhaustive piece of research it boasts it is. Nolan hasn't really penetrated Barney's inner circle and relies heavily on press cuttings, anecdotes from the HAcienda's glass collectors and an embittered old schoolfriend. His lumbering prose doesn't help much either. Suffice to say, he's no Ian MacDonald!
But if you're a Joy Div/ New Order fanatic like me, I'd still recommend it. It throws up some interesting, previously undocumented facts about the man, and presents a sketchy, but fascinating, picture of a modest, prickly and complex unsung genius. I guess the real USP here is the responses he's printed from Bernard to some of the anecdotes - they start off as acerbic and witty and become increasingly indignant as the book goes on!
Not a classic, but ten times more likeable, readable and original than Paul Morley's wretched, smug Joy Division book.