Peter Hook to release Joy Division memoir in October

Bassist's new tome 'Unknown Pleasures – Inside Joy Division' will be released later this year

Peter Hook to release Joy Division memoir in October
Peter Hook will release his memoirs detailing his time in Joy Division this October.

The former New Order bassist's new tome Unknown Pleasures – Inside Joy Division will be released on October 1 through Simon & Schuster and will recount the band’s journey from their formation and early days to frontman Ian Curtis’ tragic suicide.

Speaking about the tome, Hook – who published his first book How Not To Run A Club, an account of his time as the co-owner of Manchester’s Hacienda nightclub – said: "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."

He added:

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…



Last month, Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ was named as NME's greatest track of the last 60 years. Hook said of the track: "It still sends a shiver down my spine. Especially because I know the people involved. It masquerades as this cute little pop song, which is one of its delightful ironies. I would've hated it to be about me."

Joy Division released their debut album ‘Unknown Pleasures’ in 1979, but Curtis committed suicide two months before the release of the follow-up, 1980's 'Closer'. The remaining members of the band went on to form New Order, although Hook was not part of the band’s reunion shows which took place last year.

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