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Summary

Rollicking, no-holds-barred account of New Order's entire history.

Two acclaimed albums and an upcoming US tour - Joy Division had the world at their feet. Then, on the eve of that tour, the band’s troubled lead singer, Ian Curtis, killed himself. The next time they got together, they were a new band.

That band was New Order - their label was Factory Records; their club, The Haçienda. Their distinctive sound paved the way for the dance music explosion that followed, earning them the reputation as one of the most influential bands of their generation and changing the course of popular music.

Following on from his best-selling titles The Haçienda and Unknown Pleasures, Peter Hook has written a rollicking, no-holds-barred account of the band's entire history. Substance is packed with never-before-seen detail, discographies and technical information. This is possibly the most entertaining memoir ever written by a British musician.

Photo credit: Mark L Hill.

©2016 Peter Hook (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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Ruined In a Squeak

The book itself is just what you would expect. Fantastic stories and the real truth from Hooky. The definitive story of New Order. I've listened to Steve Morris's memoir as well, and the fact Hooky is way more outgoing and was more hands on in the band, this book is more detailed and enjoyable. Having said all that, it is utterly ruined by a constant squeaking noise that sounds like a chair at first. I blamed my headphones at first, then something in my kitchen, then my hearing, but, alas, it's just there on the audiobook. In a strange way you get used to the high pitched noise after a while, but it really did completely ruin my listening pleasure to the point I skipped most of the time line sections. Absolutely unforgiveable stuff.

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Totally Hooked

I wasn't a huge New Order fan but knew enough to know it was going to be an interesting listen.... Peter Hook open came across as arrogant years ago so was fascinating to get his warts n all approach to his time in and out of the band.... at times I was sympathetic and shocked at his behaviour... but the best thing is.. he never apologises or says he was proud of what he did he just give his point of view and often says to the listener that maybe he was wrong etc... you really felt he was having a one to one with you throughout which is hard to get on audio books.

if you are going to listen to anything this year.... do not go past this one.

loved the geek parts and the timelines ... flowed perfectly with the overall story...

brilliant and I didn't want it to end but like his time with the band ... it had to.

Well done Hooky you made me pick up and listen to a lot of your songs both with New Order and your own bands...

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Hooky's best book yet

Amazing book, read this a few years ago, nice to hear the man read it himself. It's like being down the pub with Hooky hearing him tell you classic tales about New Order.

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The stories are legend from a legend

I always liked Hooky, I spoke to him randomly in a Manchester nightclub in the 90s he was lovely and it always stuck with me (thank you Hooky). As a new order fan the detail in the stories completely piece together the story in what for me is a definitive summary. Encyclopaedic even. Brilliant Hooky I’ll now buy all your others and raise a cup of tea to you. Brilliant brilliant brilliant!!

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Terrific

Highly recommend this book. Great detail & unbelievably good memory recall from Peter Hook over events in the studio & on the road. Has a great delivery & not like someone reading a book at all, more like someone just telling you a story down the pub. Tremendous

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One of the best music books

Loved this book. It’s an incredibly honest Take on the story of an iconic band full of highs and lows and more highs.
What I like best is it’s like Hooky is telling you his story as it’s brilliantly read. Really enjoyed this.

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Give your ears a treat and have a listen.

It’s a great story and well told by Hooky. He’s a natural. Well worth a listen.

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Totally Hooky.

Brilliant memoir by my favourite member of New Order. Salford Rules! And so does this book.

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great stuff

I couldn’t stop listening, and will definitely listen again. This is exactly what you want from hooky.
The fact it’s read by him absolutely makes it, his subtle sarcasm and laughter at the things he’s reading is so engaging. 10/10

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this is not my music era

I was born in 70s grew up in 80s and teenager in the 90s. this guy makes out they were amazing so after I read I went to YouTube and honestly they had one good song. the rest are gash. not a good melody between them. they must have been in there own little bubble, book is written like they were in the stones.