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Chapter and Verse - New Order, Joy Division and Me Paperback – 10 Sep 2015
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"Contains poignantly rendered family tragedies, told with warm humour and without self-pity... As well as showing a life saved and made by rock'n'roll, it illustrates someone almost effortlessly negotiating the rapids of success and stardom, armed only with street smarts and laconic Manc wit... A must for Joy Division and New Order fans'" (Irvine Welsh Esquire)
"A fascinating memoir...The book is filled with memories of every kind" (Mark Ellen The Times)
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In particular, the parts about the business end - of running the Hacienda club and the record label - just aren't clearly enough explained.
So far as the music is concerned, Bernard comes across as a good guy with noble principles and amazing technical knowledge. In fact Barney's knowledge of equipment strikes me as being so good that he should write a book about that instead.
But, so far as former bass player and founding member Peter Hook his concerned, Bernard uses a good part of the book to have a go at him. This is pointless: to me it's like trying to involve the reader in a family argument that they do not and cannot possibly understand. What is the author trying to say? That New Order would have been a better band without Peter Hook? I don't think so. Unfortunately Barney's moaning (and even though he admits to it) leaves a bitter taste. This is a pity as Sumner undoubtedly has it in him to write a much more entertaining book. It's not that "Chapter and Verse" is badly written per se - it's a better style of writing than many rock music books (including some of those written by journalists) - but it does, particularly towards the end, jump backwards and forwards in time far too much.
Better editing could have improved this book. As it is, it's certainly worth a read (and not unenlightening) if you're a big New Order fan - but for anyone else, looking to learn about the group or who just wants a bit of light reading, look elsewhere.Read more ›
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This book, penned by the New Order frontman Bernard Sumner, got off to a good start when discussing his Salford childhood and early forays into the burgeoning electronic music. Read morePublished 5 months ago by SilentSinger
Having seen New Order on my special birthday for the first time, it seemed right to get Bernard Sumner's take on the evolution of one of the greatest bands of my lifetime. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael Taylor
Great read and essential for any Joy Division, New Order or Electronic fan. Occasionally but understandably meandering, Bernard recalls his life, both musical and personal. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Reviewer
A thoroughly enjoyable read. A very candid account without being in minuta detail and not a slagging match either. Highly recommendedPublished 11 months ago by Marky