- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press (18 Sept. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593073177
- ISBN-13: 978-0593073179
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.2 x 24.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Chapter and Verse - New Order, Joy Division and Me Hardcover – 18 Sep 2014
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Some key relationships are barely mentioned and conflict with Peter Hook clearly does not tell the whole story and yet there are lengthy passages about getting wrecked in Ibiza which the reader is left to trawl through wondering if any of this is ever going to lead anywhere. I guess you had to be there.
If you're a New Order or Joy Division fan then this is definitely worth reading, but prepare to be annoyed by the gaps and unanswered questions.
Bernard's book is very readable, and the narrative flows very smoothly, but I feel it has been overly edited to the point of really lacking any bite in the story telling. A proper technical memoir, detailing every aspect of recording each album, along with greater focus on the band's own relationships with each other and those around them at the time was what I suppose I was truly looking for - and hoping - this book would be. Without wanting to compare the two books now available on Joy Division's history, it is perhaps with some disappointment that I now await a full book by Steven Morris, who, from what I have read and observed in person, certainly appears to have the erudite wit and accompanying disinterest in taking sides, to write a truly definitive history.
That's not to say this book won't appeal to the majority of readers, and I'm sure it will do well and earn Bernard a great deal of respect. For us mac-wearers, who still search for lost bootlegs, buy broken Shergolds and listen to the music daily, however, the lack of comprehensive detail leaves it feeling a little unfinished.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month ago by Reviewer
I would agree with those reviewers who found the book bettter at the start than the ending. For fans of the music this would always be the case I think. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew
A thoroughly enjoyable read. A very candid account without being in minuta detail and not a slagging match either. Highly recommendedPublished 3 months ago by Marky
I was really looking forward to reading this and enjoyed the first section covering his early life in Salford and early JD. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sean
An excellent read and insight into Barney's life in JD, NO and the fall out with Hooky. It was so consuming I read it in a week's time (and I barely read any books). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nikola P.
Interesting book, the early parts and stories are great. What I don't understand is having to trawl through 3 chapters of Barney telling me how terrible Hooky is, despite having... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alastair Meiklejon
Having read bassist Peter Hook's account of his time in New Order, it was with some anticipation that I approached this book by the band's singer Bernard Sumner. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jonathan Shaw