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Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

Narrated by: Peter Hook
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
5 out of 5 stars (193 ratings)
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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
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 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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Hooky is a star... this is an amazing read.

This is a really good audio book. Peter Hook is a great performer and an excellent writer. He really knows what he's doing. Having said that … the content is a really harsh sometimes. The nasty time to be in the Manchester was certainly the mid to late seventies. Random violence seemed to be the norm, and the stomach turning "japes" situation, was just frightening. I won't elaborate, but there are certain things that you should not do, even if somebody bribes you ten pounds. Just saying. You might want to skip over that episode.
My feeling was that Peter Hook had to put up with a lot when he was the driver of the van, and even given the nihilistic attitudes of the time, he was treated very badly by "the lads".
The death of Ian Curtis remains a mystery. The book doesn't attempt to solve it. Nor does it let the Belgium Boiler off the hook, (ouch.. sorry), for the part she played in the break up of a family. What did she get out of her friendship with Curtis? Not sex, due to his meds. It remains a very odd situation, and also, so very sad. Had he lived, Curtis might have stolen Bernard Sumner's sleeping bag...

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Hooky’s Booky

Superb story of the very wonderful Joy Division, Hooky tells it as it was and pulls no punches. If you’re a fan, highly recommended

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  • Lewis
  • Manchester
  • 05-11-18

Better than you fink

probably the best narrative by Hook I've heard,
I enjoyed this immensely and listened to the full 8 hours in 2 days, it's warts n all honesty and
totally hooks you in, pun intended, recommended to band fans.

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Amazing

Gutted when it finished . Hooky can tell a story . Got me backtracking everything musically he talks about . Such a good book

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Highly recommended.

Very funny and a great insight into a great band. Well read and a must have for fans.

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Cracking

Told in hooky'z own words this is a vibrant and moving account of the brief history of joy division. Lots of hilarious and fascinating detail about the people and the music. Thanks Hooky!