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Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division (English Edition) von [Hook, Peter]

Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division (English Edition) Kindle Edition

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An NPR Best Book of 2013 (NPR)

A SPIN Best Music Book of 2013 (Spin)

The most colorful and intimate account of Joy Division ever written . . . Hook evokes the spirit of the age with a bluff authenticity that no outsider could hope to emulate…explaining the creation of his band’s remarkable music with all the passion and insight it deserves. (Keith Cameron, MOJO)

“A bittersweet, profanity-filled recollection of their brief existence . . . recalled with Hook’s winning Manc gallows humor . . . If you like Joy Division you really have to read it.” (Ian Harrison, Q Magazine)

“An immense account of Joy Division’s rise, cataloguing the group’s struggle for recognition, their rapidly gained superiority on the Manchester scene and the epic numbness following Ian Curtis’ shock suicide. Having read Hook’s book, you’ll feel like you were he fifth member of the band.” (GQ (UK))

“It’s a window like no other into the reality of life in this most aloof of bands.” (Metro London)

“Vivid, funny, and unexpectedly touching, Peter Hook’s memoir strips away the shroud of myth surrounding Joy Division to offer a refreshingly gritty perspective on the story of four ordinary young men who together made extraordinary music.” (Simon Reynolds, author of Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-84)

“Unflinchingly honest . . . Hook peels away the romantic sheen colored by its dark history and gives unfettered insight into the band’s origins and inspirations . . . this is required reading for anyone who ever felt moved by Joy Division’s cold, dark music.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“A tiny gem written by a monster musician. It’s the best document yet to be produced on Joy Division. There’s nothing like hearing the story straight from Hooky’s foul mouth.” (Rock Cellar Magazine)

“Honest, punchy, and rough-hewn . . . a portal into a vivid moment in rock history . . . the life and times of a working band . . . and, in the middle of it all, the transformative power of music.” (Los Angeles Times)

. The passages where Hook details the recording of the Unknown Pleasures album are fantastic and insightful . . . . the book itself is gorgeous. . . (A.V. Club, The Onion)

“A surprisingly funny-and gleefully profane-portrait.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Rich in detail.” (LA Weekly)

“A comprehensive, illuminating portrait of the band that often takes the piss out of its doom-ridden legacy.” (Cincinnati City Beat)

“Intimate.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Like talking to a bawdy uncle after his fourth beer. Apparently being in the saddest post-punk art-goth band in history can occasionally be pretty fucking funny.” (MTV Hive)

With Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division fans can finally hear the band’s story from someone who was there from the very beginning-iconic bassist Peter Hook.” (SF Weekly)

You don’t have to be a hardcore fan of Joy Division or New Order to appreciate Hook’s wry evocation of Britain’s 1970s punk scene and his street-level remembrance of the tragedy and ecstasy . . . that went into building the foundation for the next few decades’ alternative rock scene. (Neda Ulaby, NPR Best Books of the Year)


'Genuinely funny: indeed, the story will… keep you entertained for a very long time' Sunday Times

Joy Division changed the face of music. Godfathers of the current alternative scene, they reinvented rock in the post-punk era, creating a new sound - dark, hypnotic, intense - that would influence U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead and many others. This is the story of Joy Division told by the band's legendary bassist, Peter Hook.

'Hook has restored a flesh-and-blood rawness to what was becoming a standard tale. Few pop music books manage that'Guardian

'An honest, enthusiastic account … It's a window like no other into the reality of life in this most aloof of bands' METRO

'An immense account of Joy Division's rise…Having read Hook's book, you'll feel like you were the fifth member of the band' GQ

'A bittersweet, profanity filled recollection… If you like Joy Division, you really have to read it' Q Magazine

'Hook lifts the lid on the real Ian Curtis' NME

'He's frank, incredibly funny, and isn't shy'Artrocker


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 363 Seiten
  • Verlag: Simon & Schuster UK (25. April 2013)
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Sicherlich subjektiv gefärbt, doch endlich meldet sich ein ehemaliges Bandmitglied von Joy Division schriftlich zu Wort. Bisher waren wir ja überwiegend auf die Biografie der Ian Curtis-Witwe Deborah Curtis angewiesen. Sehr gut ist die historische Chronologie, beginnend mit dem legendären "Sex Pistols"-Konzert am 4. Juni 1976 in Manchester - "Bernhard Sumner and Terry Mason decide to form a band". Endlich gibt es auch eine Aufstellung der Songs, die bei den Joy Division-Konzerten gespielt wurden. Allerdings gibt es Lücken, wie bei den drei Auftritten im Februar 1979. Festzustellen ist auch, dass die von Peter Hook genannten Konzertdaten von den Aufzeichnungen in anderen Büchern, u.a. dem von Deborah Curtis, leicht abweichen. Peter Hook vermerkt aber glücklicherweise auch, bei welchen Konzerten Joy Division "nur" als Vorgruppe aufgetreten sind. Die immer wieder mit viel Getöse angepriesenen Live-Bootlegs relativieren sich dadurch. Und es bleibt die klare Erkenntnis: den ganz großen Durchbruch hatte Joy Division zum Zeitpunkt des Todes von Ian Curtis (18. Mai 1980) noch gar nicht geschafft. Tragischerweise hat sein Tod die Band im Laufe der letzten 30 Jahre in ungeahnte Höhen katapultiert, sie verklärt und Ian Curtis zu einer totalen Legende hochstilisiert. Dadurch werden zwangsläufig Konturen verwässert bzw. ganz ausgelöscht. Wer wirklich an Ian Curtis und Joy Division interessiert ist, wer den ebenso genialen wie tragischen Film "Control" bewußt gesehen hat, dem ist dieses Buch von Peter Hook sehr zu empfehlen.
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HASH(0x8de4ae84) von 5 Sternen A terrific book 17. November 2012
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Peter Hook has written a very good book - the funny, touching and ultimately tragic story of Joy Division. What shines through is Mr Hook's anti-rock star humanity - his basic modesty,his justifiable pride in JD's achievements (including his own considerable contribution), his continuing admiration for his now-estranged band mates, and the terrible impact of the death of his friend Ian Curtis. Peter Hook often describes himself as a yobbo in these pages: on this evidence he's anything but that.
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HASH(0x8de5245c) von 5 Sternen In-depth review: full of sound and fury 29. Januar 2013
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Bassist Peter Hook tells his band's tale of sound and fury. Told not by a madman, but a droll, deadpan participant-observer, this long saga of Joy Division's short span signifies far from nothing. The four members transcended prog, metal, or glam: they pioneered post-punk.

A conventional rock-star bio's touchstones don't weigh this punchy, profane narrative down. (I reviewed an advance e-galley.) While a quick dramatis personae precedes his band narrative, and timelines intersperse comments on gigs, album tracks, and studio work with chatty chapters narrating the band's fortunes, Hook shepherds us rapidly along as punk bursts and fades as quickly into a cold future.

They blunder on in a grim British environment. They may come back from a gig at six in the morning only to go to work at seven. This unpretentious narrative conveys what the "tone-deaf" bassist knows and the band's fans want to learn, but it strips away digressions. It may dash ahead here and there into New Order or current d.j.-related territory, but these detours branch from the musical path blazed from the late-1970s onward under a thoughtful if cranky, wry guide. Hook relies upon an understated, efficient, and acerbic tone, as if he's sharing his reflections and memories with you at his corner pub.

Brisk episodes in declarative form convey the chronology. Seeing the Sex Pistols first play Manchester in June 1976, Hooky, Bernard, and Terry (Mason, their longtime associate) had shorn their locks, razored their thrift-store gear, and vowed to follow Johnny Rotten's commitment to a wall of distortion, a fierce integrity, and a musical vision that transcended the limits of punk. Steve Morris eventually joins, adding his jazz-based drumming to the self-taught core: the spare guitar of Barney and Peter on his three-fingered bass.

The band never gelled as best friends. Three roles tangled Ian: a lad, a literate lyricist, and a married father carrying on an affair. Barney bickered with his boyhood pal Hooky. Steve kept to himself. But, as musicians, the trio energized Curtis' adroit lyricism, and riffs tumbled forth, from "Transmission" on, by mid-1978, a year after they first played in public.

First as Stiff Kittens, then Warsaw, finally Joy Division, they vowed to outflank the divisive D.I.Y. Mancunian scene. Then, they stumbled upon their own sound. Hooky's cheap amp forced him to play high on the neck of his bass; Ian liked this as Barney's "low chords" rode over Steve's "jungle drums"; manager Rob Gretton approved, and they honed their style.

Starting with the insistent "Transmission," Hook commends Curtis: "His songs from that point were like having a conversation with a genius, sort of profound and impenetrable at the same time." The band wisely steered free of London, staying with Tony Wilson and Factory Records. Driven by the tape skills and psychic manipulations of their manic, experimental producer Martin Hannett, they plumbed icy depths (often in frigid rehearsal spaces) for their accomplished 1979 debut LP Unknown Pleasures.

For this bleak, defiant album, despite all of the tension "sniggering" Hannett created and exacerbated, Peter credits this producer with steering himself and Bernard away from a "metal wall" to what Ian and Steve preferred along with Martin: not "RARRGH!" but a "ptish" from its "spacey, echoey ambient sound." This conveyed what few records from any era sustain: the gift of "timelessness."

Soon, the press noticed. "One minute you're playing to a handful of people yawning their heads off, then six months or eight months later you're playing the exact same material to a packed audience all going bonkers." The second half of Hook's narrative mingles lighter and darker moods as the band found success (albeit limited as they still had to decide on whether to spend their £1.50 per diem on a meal or two pints, but not both).

Hooky rises to the challenge here, mixing the fond if foul-mouthed, often funny vignettes with the painful revelations. His insights into his conflicted, boisterous, and wayward companion emerge through plainspoken, compassionate, and blunt evaluations.

Ian's recently diagnosed epilepsy worsened with exposure to strobes onstage; his barbiturate addiction to counter his ailment increased his difficulties leading to a separation from his wife Debbie (and their infant daughter Natalie) during Ian's affair with Annik Honoré. Hooky laments the band's inability to solve Curtis' predicament. "Selfishness, stupidity, willful ignorance, and a refusal to accept what was going on right in front of our noses--we were all guilty of it, even Ian." But, as working-class jokers all of twenty-two, bent on pranks and taking down any pretentiousness which increasingly Ian and Annik indulged in, Hooky and his restive mate Barney "carried on" for the sake of the band and for lack of any alternative method of treating Ian. "Because this was what we'd worked and waited for."

What they waited for happened. The second album Closer as "the soundtrack" to Curtis' pain solidified their popularity. The aftermath, foreshadowed and familiar by now, remains poignant.

"It took me a long time to realize that a child had lost a father, a mother and father had lost a son, a sister had lost a brother, a wife had lost a husband, a mistress had lost a lover. All a lot more important than me and the band; we pale in significance." Hook wonders about Curtis' enigma: "on the one hand, he was ill and vulnerable; on the other, he was a screaming rock god." By taking Ian Curtis down to his own level, Peter Hook provides his mate with a fitting tribute, neither sordid nor facile, pat nor pandering.

Hook's maturation may have taken long, but the honesty with which he accounts for his confusion then and his insights now wrestles movingly and boldly with contradictions. Unknown Pleasures as a book meets the challenge of the album, and the music Joy Division crafted: it enters the void but survives the plunge valiantly.
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HASH(0x8de47a08) von 5 Sternen Pleasures and Pain 26. Februar 2013
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Very engaging. enjoyable, often very funny and also quite sad as there is a pall hanging over the story. Peter Hook writes in an intimate yet not so personal way. He's a natural story teller. I found the book revelatory in that it captures the excitement and some of the glamour and youthful exuberance of being in a band discovering and developing themselves while at the same time de-glamourizes the whole thing with the wonderful often foul mouthes english humor along with describing the conditions of touring and recording that only the young could put up with. These guys did what they did for the sheer hell of it, and that at least to me is what rock and roll (and all its sub-genres) are about. It's hard not to wonder what may have been but they certainly made their mark during their short existence. I have always been a fan of Joy Division (I still remember hearing them the first time and sensing it was them from all that I had heard and read) , and come away from their story more impressed with their music and legacy. Just a very well written book. Absolutely worth reading for any Joy Division fan, plus any fan curious about a very influential band not that well-known except by aficionados and also for anyone curious about what it really is like to be in a band trying to develop their abilities along the way, while also just surviving (for most anyway) along the way of them shooting for success.
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HASH(0x8de50648) von 5 Sternen First Person Real! 4. Oktober 2013
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Not a pro writer. Not a ghost writer. Just a bloke talking about his mates. Brilliant read. Hook takes the reader inside and makes them a part of the real history rather than the mythology. Kudos Hooky!
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HASH(0x8de523f0) von 5 Sternen Thoroughly enjoyable 18. März 2013
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I have read many books about my favorite band, Joy Division, so I did not expect to learn anything new from this book, but I was wrong! Hookie captures the essence of Ian's personality in a way that makes me think differently of him. Ian was a buddy, one of the guys, a jokester, NOT the depressive melancholy man he has been made out to be in the press. His demons were deeply internalized and surfaced through his music, not his behavior. I was also surprised to learn of the difficulties the guys had after starting New Order. New Order are such an incredibly unique and solid band, I never would have thought that the guys mostly did not get along, and that they all had tremendous doubts about the project as a whole. I would recommend this book to fans of Joy Division and New Order alike.
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