Unkown Plesaures (It Books)
Unknown Pleasures is the definitive story of Joy Division told by the band's legendary bassist, PETER HOOK. The author will be making his L.A. book tour appearance here at Skylight Books, and will be discussing his book with renowned music writer SIMON REYNOLDS (Rip It Up and Start Again, Retromania). The discussion will be followed by a signing.
More info on the book below!
PETER HOOK was born in 1956 in Salford. He was a founding member of Joy Division and New Order and nowadays DJ’s internationally as well as touring Joy Division’s music with his new band The Light.
Photo of Peter Hook by Julien Lachaussee
SIMON REYNOLDS Is the author of seven books about music and pop culture, including Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past (2011), Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-84 (2005) and Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture (1998; set for updated/expanded reissue May 2013). He is a freelance contributor to magazines including New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Bookforum, The Wire, The Guardian, and Slate, and also generates content via Blissblog and several other blogs. Born in London, Reynolds spent most of the 1990s and 2000s in New York, and now lives in South Pasadena with his wife Joy Press and two children.
Unknown Pleasures will go on sale on Tuesday, January 29, but you may pre-order books in person, over the phone at (323) 660-1175, or on our website. If you want to order a book in the last 24 hours before the event, plese order in person or over the phone. A few more notes:
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"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, in UNKNOWN PLEASURES
In frank, no-holds-barred style, 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.
Now, in UNKNOWN PLEASURES: Inside Joy Division (It Books), Peter Hook shares previously unseen photographs and paraphernalia and reflects, with eye-opening candor, 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.
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 the larger-than-life characters who formed a vital part of the Joy Division legend.
“Hook has restored a flesh-and-blood rawness to what was becoming a standard tale. Few pop music books manage that.” —Andy Beckett, The Guardian
“The most colorful and intimate account of Joy Division ever written . . . a marvelous raconteur[,] Hook evokes the spirit of the age with a bluff authenticity that no outsider could hope to emulate . . . explaining the creation of his band’s remarkable music with all the passion and insight it deserves.”
—Keith Cameron, MOJO