Peter Hook announces new book and promo tour…

‘Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division’
By Peter Hook

Published in Hardback by Simon & Schuster UK
1st October, 2012

In the frank, upfront and indelibly personal style that saw his debut book ‘The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club’ reach widespread and international acclaim, Peter ‘Hooky’ Hook tells the inside story of Joy Division for the first time, how their sound came to define an era and also inspire the post punk generation, underpinned by Hooky’s unique bass guitar melodies such as ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, “Transmission” and “New Dawn Fades”.

As with Hooky’s first book, Peter is to undertake a nationwide signing and event tour to coincide with publication, taking in England, Scotland and for the first time also visiting Ireland with the book. Starting on publication date Monday 1st October, Hooky’s signing tour takes in Manchester, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin with London, Liverpool, Dublin and Edinburgh, all featuring Q&A sessions along with Hooky meeting fans and signing copies.

The definitive story of Joy Division told by the band’s legendary bassist, Peter Hook.

“”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…” Peter Hook

As well as the in-store appearances, Peter will also be interviewed and appear at a string of literary festivals in October to support the publication of “Unknown Pleasures” in October appearing at Ilkley Literature Festival (Fri 5th Oct), Morley Literature Festival (Sat 6th Oct), Off The Shelf Literature Festival (Tues 16th Oct), and Chester (Weds 24th Oct).

In Unknown Pleasures, Peter shares previously unseen photographs and paraphernalia and reflects, with eye-opening candour, on the suicide of Ian Curtis: often seen as the “intellectual one” – to Peter and the band he was just “one of the lads”. He shares his regret that Ian’s burdens of balancing his epilepsy and the demands of his domestic life only emerged when it was too late.

I supposed in the end it’s almost too easy to look back and say what you should have done, how you might have changed things. How you might have done things differently and ultimately stopped Ian from doing what he did. What’s harder, what’s much, much harder, is to accept what you actually did do. Accept what you did do, and live with it” Peter Hook

Covering the band’s friendships and fall-outs; their rehearsals and recording sessions and with recollections of their gigs and releases; Peter gives a truly genuine insight, as only an insider can, into how the Joy Division legend became shaped.

Book tour: ‘Unknown Pleasures’ by Peter Hook For full details visit Inside Joy Division

Monday 1st October @ 18.00 Signing ”“ HMV, Manchester, 90/100 Market Street, Manchester, M1 1PD

Tuesday 2nd October @ 18.30 Signing/Talk/ Q&A and Signing ”“ Foyles, Charing Cross, First Floor café, 113 – 119 Charing Road, London WC2H 0EB

Wednesday 3rd October @ 18.00 Signing ”“ Fopp, Bristol, 27-29 College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TD Tel: 01179 377 110

Thursday 4th October @ 12.30 Signing ”“ WHS, Birmingham, 29 Union Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 4LR

Thursday 4th October @ 19.00 – Talk, signing and Q&A ”“ Watersones, Liverpool, Location: Leaf on Bold Street 65-67 Bold Street Liverpool L1 4EZ

Friday 5th October @ 19.30 – Talk, Q&A and Signing ”“ Ilkley, Literature Festival, Kings Hall, Station Road, Ilkley LS29 8HB

Saturday 6th October @ 19.30 – Talk, Q&A and Signing ”“ Morley Literature Festival

Monday 8th October @ 19.00 -Talk Q&A and Signing ”“ Easons, Dublin

Tuesday 9th October @ 12.30 -Signing ”“ Waterstones Glasgow, 153-157 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Tuesday 9th October @ 18.30 – Talk, Q&A and Signing ”“ Waterstones Edinburgh, Edinburgh West End 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD

Tuesday 16th October @ 19.30 -Talk Q&A and Signing ”“ Off The Shelf Literature Festival, Sheffield, Auditorium University of Sheffield Student’s Union, Western Bank, Sheffield 10

Wednesday 24th October @ 19.30 – Talk Q&A and Signing ”“ Chester Literary Festival, The Laugh Inn, Station Road, Chester CH1 3DR

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  1. Someone should buy that man a milking stool, to go with his oven gloves.

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