New Order singer Bernard Sumner has confirmed details of his autobiography.
Chapter And Verse (New Order, Joy Division And Me) will be published by Transworld on September 25. It had been announced in June 2013 that Sumner had signed a deal to publish his memoirs.
The accompanying press release states that the book will offer “a vivid and illuminating” account of Sumner’s childhood in Salford, before detailing his thoughts on Joy Division, New Order and the Hacienda nightclub. It continues: “Sometimes moving, often hilarious and occasionally completely out of control, this is a tale populated by some of the most colourful and creative characters in music history.”
The book is Sumner’s first. New Order’s estranged former bassist Peter Hook has published two memoirs. 2009’s How Not To Run A Nightclub is Hook’s account of the Hacienda, while 2013’s Unknown Pleasures documents his time in Joy Division. He has stated he is wary of writing about New Order because “there’s so much bitterness. You don’t want it to become a bitchfest.”
New Order are currently on a North American tour which finishes on Sunday (July 13) at Los Angeles’ Greek Theater. They have previewed one new song, ‘Singularity’, a video of which can be seen below. A new album is provisionally due out next spring, their first since 2013’s ‘Lost Sirens’. The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands was working with the band in 2013, but it isn’t known who the final producers are on the album.