Hook writes with real enthusiasm about the unlikely lads who ended up forming two of Britain's most influential bands... he is genuinely funny - Sunday Times
An immense account of Joy Division's rise, cataloguing the group's struggle for recognition... Having read Hook's book, you'll feel like you were he fifth member of the band - GQ
The most colourful and intimate account of Joy Division ever written... explaining the creation of his band's remarkable music with all the passion and insight it deserves' - Mojo
This is an honest, enthusiastic account of the life and times of the band... It s a window like no other into the reality of life in this most aloof of bands Metro
This memoir is a bittersweet, profanity filled recollection of their brief existence, delivered with much, often indiscreet detail. If you like Joy Division, you really have to read it' - Q Magazine
A lucid and unromantic account of the band's short life and a veritable treasure trove for those aforementioned fans... truly heart-wrenching - Live4ever Ezine
A memoir of the recording of that legendary first album and an insider's look at a band that has moved into myth... He's frank, incredibly funny, and isn't shy about talking about his book' - Artrocker
Peter Hook's Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division is refreshingly no-nonsense account of the band's brief career - Uncut
Hook has restored a flesh-and-blood rawness to what was becoming a standard tale. Few pop music books manage that --Big Issue
'The Joy Division story often appears misleadingly neat in the telling: two near perfect albums of unusual grace and gravity, then a human catastrophe which forced the surviving members into a new life as New Order... Hook's mission is to relate the chaotic day-to-day existence of four young men kids, really before it was smoothed into legend' - Dorian Lynskey, The Observer
'This new Joy Division biography by the band s bassist "isn't just Peter Hook collecting some already exhausted stories for a quick pay out," Michelle Kambasha writes in Clash. "It provides a kind of personal insight that most of us haven t been privy to until now." The Joy Division story is steeped in layer upon layer of myth. "Hook's mission," writes Dorian Lynskey in The Observer, "is to relate the chaotic day-to-day existence of four young men kids, really before it was smoothed into legend." This is accomplished, according to Lynskey, through the author's characteristic straightforwardness and lack of pretension: "The demystification process starts with Hook's portrayal of himself as a laddish delinquent who, thunderstruck by punk rock, spontaneously decides to form a band with Salford schoolfriend Bernard Sumner." "What makes Hook s book so refreshing is the lack of linguistic and intellectual showboating, and its simple laying of facts on the line," notes Tony Clayton-Lea in the Irish Times, admiring Hook s unaffected style. The book emphasises the band's focus on music, fun and friendship famously at the expense of even a semblance of business-mindedness: it was only in 2008 that Hook "discovered neither Joy Division nor New Order had trademarked or registered their names." But hanging over every youthful anecdote is Hook's knowledge, shared with the reader, of Ian Curtis' impending suicide. As Lynskey writes: "So the tragedy infects the farce, as Curtis's ultimate fate casts ostensibly amusing on-the-road antics as symptoms of denial: never mind the worsening fits and self-haharming, --Review Round-Up, New Statesman
From the Back Cover
Joy Division changed the face of music. Godfathers of alternative rock, they 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 album 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, they 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. In Unknown Pleasures, founding member and bass player Peter Hook recounts how four young men from Manchester and Salford rose from the punk scene to create a haunting, atmospheric music that would define a generation. Peter talks with eye-opening candor about the suicide of Ian Curtis; the band's friendships and fallouts; and the larger-than-life characters who formed the Joy Division legend.
Told with surprising humor and vivid detail, Unknown Pleasures is the book Joy Division fans have awaited for decades.