Unknown Pleasures

Unknown Pleasures

Inside Joy Division

eBook - 2013
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Publisher: New York : It Books, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062222589
0062222589
Characteristics: 1 online resource (386 p., [16] p. of plates) : ill., facsims., ports.
Alternative Title: Inside Joy Division
Contents: Prologue. January 1978
"Insight"
Timeline one : May 1948-April 1976
"Disorder"
Timeline two : June 1976-December 1977
"Transmission"
Timeline three : January 1978-December 1978
"Love will tear us apart"
Unknown pleasures track by track
Timeline four : January 1979-December 1979
"Ceremony"
Epilogue
Closer track by track
Timeline five : January 1980-October 1981.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 30, 2013

A few weeks ago, I saw Peter Hook play the first two New Order albums in their entirety, which prompted me to pick up this book. As the subtitle indicates, this is all about his first band, Joy Division, and it offers up both his personal take on their brief, but epochal career and a chronology of their shows and recordings. While they now are legends, Hook, in blunt, opinionated, sometimes vulgar prose, details how they were just a working, struggling band trying to break out and quit their day jobs. And he remembers Ian Curtis, whose suicide ended the band, as less the enshrined martyr he is now and more as an exceptionally talented bloke who was one of the boys and enjoyed a laugh and a drink. His death hangs over the book and Hook, like everyone else, struggles to make sense of it. A brilliant read for fans of Joy Division/New Order.
"It was like driving a great car that had only 3 wheels. The loss of Ian had opened up a hole in us and we had to learn to write in a different way."

Donna_R Nov 18, 2012

Like his book on the legendary club[http://christchurch.bibliocommons.com/item/show/663776037_the_hacienda](The Hacienda), Peter Hook has an uncanny memory for the telling detail. His youth and the early days of Joy Division are under the microscope here, with lots of information and anecdotes. He paints Ian Curtis as a chameleon, who was arty with the girls but a lad with the band. Fascinating stuff.

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Hadley
Nov 28, 2017

I remember driving there in the afternoon, and I remember getting there and loading the gear in. I don't remember the sound check. We had one, but we had no idea what to do because we'd never done one before. No one had the foggiest.

Not knowing what to do made it exciting, though. Like, now, everybody's got a stage manager and a sound guy, lights, etc. The bands know all about sound checks and levels, equipment and all that. Now they even have music schools to teach you that kind of stuff. Back then you knew f--- all. You didn't have anyone professional, just your mates, who, like you, were clueless.

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