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  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; UK ed. edition (6 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471132404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471132407
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 5.8 x 16.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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‘Rock writing rarely tells us properly what a band treading water or in slow decline feels like from the inside. Hook does so memorably.’ (Guardian)

‘The 768 pages will delight both New Order-ites and general rock readers, revealing the astonishing human bathos behind this group's godly future-rock […] The way Joy Division and New Order combined high art with base behaviour is well established but this book rides that tandem to new dimensions […] but there's much more than carnage’  (Mojo)

‘Set against a lurid backdrop of orgiastic tours, awash with drink, drugs, and a debauched retinue of dealers, hookers and mad roadies, Hook drawing from a seemingly bottomless well of outrageous anecdotes, many of them hilarious and told with the same droll voice that delighted readers of The Haçienda: How Not to Run a Club’  (Uncut)

‘Epic rock tale of sex, drugs and jealousy […] A must for fans, it's wildly funny and revelatory' (The Sun)

About the Author

Peter Hook was born in 1956 in Salford. He was a founding member of Joy Division and New Order and DJs internationally as well as touring Joy Division's music with his new band The Light. He lives in Cheshire.


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Last night I finished reading Peter Hook's Substance - Inside New Order By Peter Hook, and I have to say I was quite sad to put it down.
A thoroughly absorbing and highly recommended read.
I always felt an affinity for Hooky - he just always seemed to come across as the genuine article.
Reading this book confirms why.
Having just been too young to see Joy Division, and never in the right place at the right time to witness New Order - if for no other reason, I will always be indebted to Peter Hook & The Light for gifting me live performances of the back catalogue, without any of the primadonna antics, painfully and hilariously recounted in this addictive book...
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As a longstanding Joy Division fan, I only read this because I'd enjoyed 'Unknown Pleasures (although some of New Order's music was great, most of it disappointed me). In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed it. From laughing out loud at some passages to holding back the tears at others (in particular, the last one). Absolutely brilliant and highly recommended.
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I love Hookys books, well written, funny, arsey and brilliant all in one. I have his previous books and can't recommend them enough, nice one Hooky, what's next?
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I have just finished this book and found Hooky to be good company. Clearly the New Order split is from his point of view but he does acknowledge his own failings and mistakes along the way. That said I may not be entirely objective as I tend to favour the rockier bass heavy stuff than the electronic/dance material. Peter's unique bass style is in my opinion essential to Joy Division and New Order.
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.... or Hook, Line & Drinker.

Is Barney a tw@t? I wish Hooky would just tell us.

Another top hook book.
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What a book!!!Absolutely loved it-could hear Hookys voice in my head as I was reading it!!!Brutally honest one minute-laugh out loud the next.He comes across as a loveable rogue who has had both good times and bad times.I am glad he seems happy at last but I hope the band all patch it up between them one day.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this even though I'm not a big New Order fan (the dance music put me off). The book skips along and although it can get a tad repetitive it was never boring.
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long and rambling; for the hardcore fan only
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