Peter Hook announces plans to release New Order biography

'Substance: Inside New Order' documents the band's rise and Hook's eventual split from the Manchester group

Peter Hook is set to release a new book documenting his time with New Order.

The veteran bassist previously documented the rise and fall of ‘Madchester’ in his books The Haçienda and Joy Division’s short career in Unknown Pleasures.

On October 6 he will release his third book Substance: Inside New Order, which documents the rise of the band and his eventual split with the Manchester group in 2007.


“We didn’t really think about it afterwards, it just sort of happened. One day we were Joy Division and the next time we got together, we were a new band,” he said on the formation of New Order.

The band have since carried on without Hook as Bad Lieutenant but returned as New Order in 2011. Hook has since gone on to form Peter Hook And The Light.


Hook and the remaining have been locked in a bitter public row since 2007 with Hook recently suing his bandmates for royalties.

He accused “former friends” Bernard Sumner and Stephen and Gillian Morris of setting up a new company to handle the band’s income, “pillaging” the group’s name and leaving him £2.3 million out of pocket.

Sumner recently said that the band’s ongoing feud with Hook is “getting boring”.

He said: ”It’s a real shame. My heart bleeds for him. He left the band, and then he complained about leaving the band. But I wish him good luck and that he gets on with what he’s chosen to do instead of calling me all sorts of names. He’s so angry. If you choose to take a path in life, don’t blame other people for the path you’ve chosen to take … it must be getting a bit boring for people. He did leave a bad taste in my mouth.”


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