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Summary

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, R.E.M., Radiohead, and many others.

Inspired by the attitude and energy of punk, Peter Hook and school friend Bernard Sumner joined lead-singer and lyricist Ian Curtis and drummer Stephen Morris, and with some cobbled-together instruments, they created their own unique sound. In 1980 they had released two albums and were on the cusp of touring America when Ian Curtis committed suicide. In this no-holds-barred account, Peter Hook gives us the inside story of life with Joy Division.

He talks with candour and reflection about Curtis's suicide and covers the band's friendships and fall-outs; their rehearsals and recording sessions; and the many larger-than-life characters that formed a vital part of the Joy Division legend.

©2012 Peter Hook (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Superb!

Hooky brings honesty,warmth,humour and intelligence to this book and his reading is great, like sitting in a warm pub on a winters day lunch time huddled over a beer with a great mate sharing fantastic stories.

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  • Ciaran
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  • 03-11-12

Quite perfect

While I also bought the paper version of this, Peter Hook's narration tells you so much than he puts on the page and his fondness for Ian Curtis is so much clearer in his voice. And he is proper, sweary funny. I have a bit of a crush.

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A great listen regardless of being a fan or not

If you could sum up Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division in three words, what would they be?

Interesting witty insightfull

Who was your favorite character and why?

It has to be Peter Hook really

Have you listened to any of Peter Hook’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've not listened to any

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I almost did and had to fight myself not to. I bought this book specifically to listen to durring a long journey I had to make and thought I'd have a sneaky listen the day before. BIG MISTAKE I couldn't stop listening to it and ended up having to download another book for my journey

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I think as boys growing up thinking how cool it would be to be in a band and how you'd live the high life this book shows how wrong this perception can be. These guys did it for the love of doing it, their naivety of the industry and even making music is refreshing in a day of manufactured rubbish that is x factor and pop idol. Its a bygone age that brought us a wealth of music with a heart which is quite a depressing thought in itself.

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Incredible Story

Essential listening/reading for Joy Division and New Order fans. Incredible, detailed, indepth, honest, heartful story.

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Heart and Soul

Listening to Peter Hook reading brought humour, unexpected warmth, and depth to this incredible story

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great and truthful and frank insight to the group.

great insight into the great band and find tourcherd souls. Missy have been an adventure and great insight to the Manchester scene

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Much better than expected

Difficult not to like this book. Delivery by Peter hook is brilliant with some very funny moments and of course sad ones.

Will read - sorry listen to - more from him ASAP.

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Complete

what a great book done with so much inside knowledge from a man who knows it so well. This is truly important because you have the voice of the author reading the book and it adds so much weight to it and makes it all the more definitive.

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love it

very well read by hooky and so many japes also very funny, cant wait for new order book

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So so

Story was good but I don't think we needed the song list of every gig felt like filling such an emotional time but didn't come through big fan too