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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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Honest, heartfelt and very funny

After listening to Steven Morris’ debut I was looking forward to this with no doubt that I would not be disappointed. This is a great story, read well by a great story teller. Throughout the book you really get the feeling that he’s reading it directly to you for the fist time. Never a dull moment. Hope there’s room for one more.

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Absolute banger

Great part two and Stephen is a very funny guy a very enjoyable experience throughout highly recommend.

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A must for New Order fans

As a lifelong New Order fan, I absolutely loved every minute of this. It's a frank, detailed account of the band's trials and tribulations from the demise of Joy Division to the present day. It's very well written, with a heady mix of pathos, humour and tragedy and Stephen's narration is endearingly perfect. I really couldn't imagine anyone else narrating it. Wonderful.

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A story that could only be narrated by the author. Best audio book out there.

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A New Order

This is brilliant. Volume 2 of Stephen Morris' autobiography is different but the near equal of the first (Joy Division). A must have for any fan. I feel this is probably the closest the "truth" of the two bands. The villain of the piece is predictable.

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Another Stephen Morris masterpiece

Loved the story and the insights. All the better with Stephen Morris narrating. Nice little bonus interview with Gillian Gilbert and daughter Grace. Hopefully, this is not the last instalment...

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Excellent

Really enjoyed this and the way Stephen delivered it. As a Muso myself I could identify with a lot of this.

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  • 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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  • 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.