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This audiobook includes music from New Order and original tracks from Stephen Morris, and an exclusive interview with Gillian Gilbert.

Iconic drummer Stephen Morris presses play once more to the tune of the long-awaited second volume of memoirs.... 

Poised on the brink of success, the dizzying heights of the unknown lying ahead, Ian Curtis had taken his own life. Grieving yet determined, Stephen Morris emerged from the wreckage of Joy Division to the dawn of something new: a new band, a new tour, a new beginning. Under the name New Order, Morris and his bandmates set their sights on America, only to encounter new disasters. Yet, in true northern spirit, not even this sudden tragedy could dissuade them from following their haphazard path to greatness.

Following the highs and lows of New Order, Fast Forward tracks the changing rhythm of Morris' life and the music that shaped it. From 'music differences' to the ever-growing Joy Division legacy, music is the constant beat through the verses of Fast Forward as Morris' personal and professional life grew increasingly intertwined. This came to a head when his girlfriend was invited to join the band. Tentatively stepping into their testosterone-filled world, Gillian was the right person at the right time for New Order. And for Morris. What began as just a trial period in the band spun into a whirlwind of new projects and experiences, including The Other Two - a project born during one of New Order's (many) hiatuses.

Blending entertaining anecdote with profound reflection, Fast Forward strips back a lifetime of fame and fortune to tell, with raw honesty, how New Order threatened to implode time after time. And yet, despite everything, the legacy of their music continued to hold them together.

©2020 Stephen Morris (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Can we hear from Gillian now please ? What do you mean my review has to be 15 words? Is this enough ?

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  • 22-05-22

An excellent sequel

Having thoroughly enjoyed listening to the first book, I was looking forward to the sequel.
I was not disappointed, its well written and Stephen’s narration is once again brilliant (along with the books soundtrack)
Having listened to Peter Hooks great books, it’s nice to hear the stories of the band(s) from another person’s perspective.
Steven’s daughter interviewing him and Gillian was a lovely way to finish the book.
Hopefully Mr Morris will do a third book at some point (Please!)

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  • 24-04-22

enjoyable look back at new orders peak years

Stephen is good at turning a good phrase and the writing is sharp. He brings Rob Gretton to life including many of his dry and droll sayings and stories. But there isn't much inside gossip on the band. it's a little forensic about recording of the Lp's. you need to read peter hooks book if you want to hear more of the tantrums and chaos of the tours and recording sessions.

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The most under-rated member of New Order.

Stephen is a fantastic drummer / composer and an equally fantastic writer / storyteller. Inspiring!

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Superb

Superb , enlightened, witty, sad, real, well read, honest; brilliant follow up to Volume 1.

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Great story

A great story by someone who was really there. Lots of fun. If you're a New Order fab, it is mandatory reading.

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it's taken me a good few goes to get through this book and I'm still struggling to finish it. the performance by the author is pretty irritating, and comes across as being sarcastic for the most part.

some of the anecdotes about electronic recording equipment are sooo dull and go into needless detail. things were different 40 years ago, I get it, we all get it.

I much preferred the style of Peter Hooks books, so id recommend those over this. although be prepared for both authors to say the word "jape" quite a lot, and then recall a very tame story of about a band you've never heard of, and some mice. yawn.

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Very enjoyable!

As above really enjoyed the stories and tales. One warning lots of frequent swearing, had to listen on headphones when my daughter was around.

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New Order's story told by one of the other two

This follow up to the excellent Record, Play, Pause, continues with the story of New Order and is all the better told from the perspective of Stephen Morris. His honest retelling of tensions within band, exploits on tour and the at times painful running of both Factory Records and the Hacienda is a priceless insight into what is a hugely important part of music culture. By far the best music biography on Audible or anywhere else.

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As good as the first

After completing the first audiobook I started this immediately. As I said on that review I can't claim to be a huge JD/NO 'fan' but the way it's told and the significance of the bands are so big that I'd recommend this to any music fan.

His manner is spot on, maybe even more relaxed than the first, and really engaging. He's a brilliant swearer so I had to stop when the kids came in the room!

One of the over-riding feelings at the end though is sadness. Like all bands living in each others' pockets and the fall-out of the success drove them apart. You can't help feeling sorry for Gillian though.

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  • Shane
  • 14-01-22

Rare look

It took my well into my own art career to understand how lucky I had been in my youth to be fans of Stephen Morris's band, New Order. Listening to his account made me realise the ethos of the band was not for show, but something each of the members believed, as people who saw no division between themselves and other humans, not more special, more gifted, nor attempted to follow some trend in fashion let alone in music.

Stephen's account tells a story about his own obsession with music and attempting to wrangle out sounds from equipment that was new, at times untested and tried. As Stephen mentions from time to time, now days one can push buttons on a computer to get the results that at times took he and members of the band to build their own machines, It was also interesting to find that my own feelings about the band began changing in the early 1990's, during the time when the band themselves began feeling and relating a sea change in their outlook in the band.

New Order certainly made a big impact on my life, in a time when I was a lost young lad. It provided a soundtrack to the creation of my own art. It was wonderful to see how normal the members of the band are, and not at all caught up in the whole fame game.

Stephen comes across as someone who is an every day person, except his specialty in life has moved from model airplanes to music. There is no pretence at all in his story. A well written story, brought to life by Stephen's own voice that emotes well during the various parts. He is a great narrator, something he probably had never seen himself as.

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  • Eric Beilstein
  • 04-05-21

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This book and its predecessor are told in compelling fashion. Stephen is a great storyteller

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  • mem
  • 03-02-21

I hurt my head laughing

but it was worth it. Like the first volume, Stephen’s narration is fantastic. You almost feel like you’re having a couple of beers at the bar and catching up with an old pal. Although he’s rightly regarded as one of the all time drumming greats, he comes across almost as an impartial witness of his own life, marveling at accomplishment, but not boastfully or smugly. Stephen Morris is a funny guy, a comical mimic of EVERYONE, including himself. (That’s what caused me to hurt my head-banged it on a table, bent forward laughing. He reminds me of Michael Palin-an amiable writer, never unkind, who finds amusement in trying times. Humorous moments are tempered by more solemn recollections. An acknowledgment of the enduring partnership with his wife gives us hope that our own will last like that, through good and bad. Those of us who have seen the decline and slow departure of loved ones due to Alzheimer’s will understand that experience. I enjoyed the print version of his book, but it’s much more lively and enjoyable experience when heard with the author’s voice. (And now it’s Gillian’s turn to write a book!)

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  • I AM MICK
  • 31-01-21

The best of the three...

ie Barney and Hooky's biographies. Excellently narrated by Stephen. His Rob Gretton is bang on, I pretty much binged this is two goes.