Peter Hook, bassist in Joy Division and New Order, will release his memoirs documenting his time in Joy Division.
Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division will be released on October 1 through Simon & Schuster, and charts the band’s journey from formation to frontman Ian Curtis’s death. It marks Hook’s second book, following Hacienda diary How Not to Run a Club. In Hook’s words, via NME, “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.”
Now, given that the famously outspoken / bitter / hilarious Hook is on extremely bad terms with the remaining members of New Order – two of whom were also in Joy Division – there’s the potential for some fascinating tales to be told here. Whether they’re true or not is another matter: we’re personally hoping for Hook to open the book by nonchalantly revealing that he wrote ‘Love will Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Blue Monday’ on the same day. Presumably, quite a sunny Monday.
Speaking on ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, in fact, Hook claims that “It still sends a shiver down my spine. Especially because I know the people involved.
“It masquerades as this cute little pop song, which is one of its delightful ironies. I would’ve hated it to be about me.”