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Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division Audiobook

Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

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Publisher's Summary

Joy Division changed the face of music. Godfathers of the current alternative scene, they reinvented rock in the post-punk era, creating a new sound - dark, hypnotic, intense - that would influence U2, R.E.M., Radiohead, and many others.

Inspired by the attitude and energy of punk, Peter Hook and school friend Bernard Sumner joined lead-singer and lyricist Ian Curtis and drummer Stephen Morris, and with some cobbled-together instruments, they created their own unique sound. In 1980 they had released two albums and were on the cusp of touring America when Ian Curtis committed suicide. In this no-holds-barred account, Peter Hook gives us the inside story of life with Joy Division.

He talks with candour and reflection about Curtis's suicide and covers the band's friendships and fall-outs; their rehearsals and recording sessions; and the many larger-than-life characters that formed a vital part of the Joy Division legend.

©2012 Peter Hook (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • simmering123
    2/04/16
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    "Superb!"

    Hooky brings honesty,warmth,humour and intelligence to this book and his reading is great, like sitting in a warm pub on a winters day lunch time huddled over a beer with a great mate sharing fantastic stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rob Sanderson
    Liverpool - UK
    1/12/15
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    "A great listen regardless of being a fan or not"
    If you could sum up Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting witty insightfull


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Peter Hook really


    Have you listened to any of Peter Hook’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I've not listened to any


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I almost did and had to fight myself not to. I bought this book specifically to listen to durring a long journey I had to make and thought I'd have a sneaky listen the day before. BIG MISTAKE I couldn't stop listening to it and ended up having to download another book for my journey


    Any additional comments?

    I think as boys growing up thinking how cool it would be to be in a band and how you'd live the high life this book shows how wrong this perception can be. These guys did it for the love of doing it, their naivety of the industry and even making music is refreshing in a day of manufactured rubbish that is x factor and pop idol. Its a bygone age that brought us a wealth of music with a heart which is quite a depressing thought in itself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ciaran
    London, United Kingdom
    3/11/12
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    "Quite perfect"

    While I also bought the paper version of this, Peter Hook's narration tells you so much than he puts on the page and his fondness for Ian Curtis is so much clearer in his voice. And he is proper, sweary funny. I have a bit of a crush.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mj
    24/03/17
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    "Heart breaking"

    Well done Hooky. A great listen made all the more better by the author. Joy Division Forever

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    9/01/17
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    "Brilliant Story Telling - Brilliant Band"
    If you could sum up Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Tragic, Triumphant


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty with which the story is told.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Hook – was your favourite?

    Hooky Himself


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend to any Joy Division fan

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drama Dave
    2/12/16
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    "Very very non-twato book"

    Absolutely fookin loved it. Like a nine hour chat with yer mate down da pub that turns into a 24 hour marathon session of jabes and lovely stories. Only sorry the audio doesn't come with pictures so we could see what that monster poo looked like. I just know Hooky took a picture of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve K
    19/09/16
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    "A must for Joy Division and / or Hooky fans"

    I'm a bit too young to remember Joy Division and other than Love will tear us apart not really my cup of tea so not really that interested in them, but I'm a fan of anyone making it big so bought this book.

    I preferred his other book about The Hacienda as that was my generation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    4/09/16
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    "Unknown Pleasures"

    Brilliant .... Loved listening to this....thanks Hooky really enjoyed your book. ... Totally top listen....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • screamadelic
    20/02/16
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    "It's not as dark as you'd think."

    Got this book thinking that It would probably be very dark and bitter in places and how wrong was I. This book had be laughing out loud in places with some of the comical events that happened . Hooky reads and tells this book absolutely brilliant and would recommend this to any music fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • scousermike
    4/06/15
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    "Outstanding"

    Brilliant account of all things Joy Division by Hooky ! A must for fans - Top listen !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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