Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division by Peter HookJoy Division changed the face of music. Godfathers of alternative rock, they reinvented music in the post-punk era, creating a new sound—dark, hypnotic, and intense—that would influence U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead, and numerous others. The story is now legendary: in 1980, on the heels of their groundbreaking debut, Unknown Pleasures, and on the eve of their first U.S. tour, the band was rent asunder by the tragic death of their enigmatic lead singer, Ian Curtis. Yet in the mere three years they were together, Joy Division produced two landmark albums and a handful of singles—including the iconic anthem Love Will Tear Us Apart—that continue to have a powerful resonance.
Now, for the first time, their story is told by one of their own. In Unknown Pleasures, founding member and bass player Peter Hook recounts how four young men from Manchester and Salisbury, with makeshift instruments and a broken-down van, rose from the punk scene to create a haunting, atmospheric music that would define a generation. Peter talks with eye-opening candor and reflection about the suicide of Ian Curtis; the bands friendships and fallouts; the evolution of their sound and image; and the larger-than-life characters who formed a vital part of the Joy Division legend, including Factory Records founder Tony Wilson and producer Martin Hannett. Told with surprising humor and vivid detail, Unknown Pleasures is the book Joy Division fans have awaited for decades.
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I t is 16 October Manchester quartet Joy Division have just played a show in Brussels and are a few days away from recording Atmosphere , the sepulchral masterpiece that will take on uncanny weight seven months later, when the body of year-old singer Ian Curtis is found hanging in his kitchen.
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Australia
From the first gigs in May , Nat Wason formerly of Haven was the group's guitarist, however in July he was replaced by David Potts , another former member of Monaco. The band is noted for performing the Joy Division and New Order albums live. The band is also occasionally accompanied by Rowetta , who performs guest vocals. It features four Joy Division covers, one of which is a rework of "Pictures In My Mind" which was unreleased at that time. Hook was a founding member of Joy Division , which broke up after the suicide of vocalist Ian Curtis. The surviving members soon formed New Order ,  with Hook handling lead vocals on a few early songs before Bernard Sumner became the band's primary singer. Both bands enjoyed success: Joy Division posthumously were recognized as an early example of post punk due to their experiments with the genre,  and New Order during their career as they fused post-punk with electronic dance music.
The band Joy Division existed for three and a half years before it reached its tragic end in , but its musical legacy still resonates strongly today. Within that limited time period, the four lads from Manchester have changed the direction of music, firstly by pioneering what is now called post-punk, and inspiring countless of other bands along the way. Joy Division was a product of the bleaker parts of Manchester in the depressed late 70s. Instead of ploughing their old furrow the remaining band members opted for a new kind of music aided by sequencers and drum machines and Joy Division became New Order. More than 3 decades later and three years after leaving New Order, bassist and one of the founding members, Peter Hook decided to commemorate the life of Ian Curtis by performing the music of the band but with a new band, The Light.
Peter Hook born Peter Woodhead ; 13 February is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Hook formed the band which was to become Joy Division with Bernard Sumner in Following the death of lead singer Ian Curtis in , the band reformed as New Order , and Hook played bass with them until He is currently the lead singer and bassist for Peter Hook and the Light. When he was three years old, in , his parents divorced. Because of his stepfather's work, he spent part of his childhood in Jamaica before returning to Salford,  where he attended Salford Grammar School.
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The very concept is bound to stir up conflicted feelings -- bafflement, interest, cynicism, anger -- in any Joy Division fan. In front of a Melbourne crowd, the band roars through the entirety of Joy Division 's Unknown Pleasures , book-ending the album with six additional reinterpretations. The musicians play their hearts out, and Hook is absolutely locked into the material.