‘Inside Joy Division’: Peter Hook to release new book charting rise from little known punk band to cult heroes

By Kevin Benson

Former Joy Division bassist Peter Hook is to lift the lid on life in the band with an explosive new book.

The book, entitled Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, recounts the story of the band’s meteoric rise from a little known punk band to their legendary cult status.

It will follow the journey of the band’s friendships and fall-outs, epic recording sessions with famed producer Martin Hannett, to the tragic and untimely suicide of frontman Ian Curtis.

In Hook’s no-holds-barred and brazen style, the book will give the reader the inside story on life in Joy Division. Hook talks with eye-opening candour about the suicide of Ian Curtis; often seen as ‘the intellectual one’ to Peter and the band.

Hook, who refurbished the former headquarters of Factory Record in Princess Street and opened a new nightclub Factory251 there two years ago, has already booked in a date in Manchester to celebrate the release.

He will be at the HMV store in Market Street on October 1 to meet fans and sign copies of the book.

Earlier this year, Hook told music magazine NME: “”It’s very strange. Over the years Joy Division has become a huge part of music culture. A lot of people think they know what happened. But they don’t.

“Anyone who’s ever written a book or made a film about Joy Division, unless they were sat in that van or car with us, they don’t know anything about it. Me, Barney, Steve, Ian, Rob, Twinny, Terry and Dave. Only us lot know what really happened,” he added.

Peter Hook’s previous book, Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club, was released in 2009 and was hailed as one of the best music books of the year.

The release of Hook’s book in October coincides with the launch of a brand new Master’s degree programme, in Music Management and Production, at the University of Central Lancashire.

Hook was awarded an honorary fellowship by the university in July 2012 for his services to music.

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