Unknown Pleasures Hardback Cover
Unknown Pleasures Hardback Cover

There comes a time in a gentleman’s life when the past becomes a distant object to be endlessly scrutinised and talked about or if it was interesting enough turned into a book, ‘UNKNOWN PLEASURES: INSIDE JOY DIVISION’ Published in Hardback by Simon & Schuster UK in October.


Peter Hook has followed up his Hacienda book with a book about Joy Division. “Unknown Pleasures” which is an insider’s view of how punk and the post punk era shaped Hooky and the group’s development. A birds eye view from the inside of one of the key bands of the period the book is written in the no holds barred upfront style which characterised Hooky’s first book, “The Hacienda ”“ How Not To Run A Club” which was published two years ago to widespread critical acclaim.

“Unknown Pleasures ”“ Inside Joy Division” charts the bands friendships, fall outs and  camaraderie, painstakingly documenting their early days, formations, gigs and albums,  as well as featuring many of the famous characters within the story, Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton and Martin Hannett to name but a few.

Of the book, Hooky comments.

“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”¦”



There will also be a nationwide signing / speaking tour will be announced shortly to follow publication at the start of October.


 In the frank, no-holds-barred style that has seen his previous book The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club reach critical acclaim, Peter ‘Hooky’ Hook takes us to the heart of Joy Division and the sound that defined an era and inspired a generation with propulsive bass guitar melodies such as ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.


Driven by the attitude, energy and sound of Punk, particularly the Sex Pistols, four young lads from Macclesfield and Salford shared the same vision and created a band with their own unique sound. Cobbling together instruments and a clapped out old van, they played in pubs and clubs – first across the north- west, then across the whole of Britain, until in 1980 they had released two albums and were on the cusp of touring America.


Then Ian Curtis committed suicide leaving everyone around him bereft.


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; Peter gives a truly fascinating insight, as only an insider can, into all the characters who formed a vital part of the Joy Division legend.


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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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