PETER HOOK discusses and signs UNKNOWN PLEASURES, with special guest SIMON REYNOLDS

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 REYNOLDSSIMON 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.

We're expecting a big crowd for this event!  We want to give everyone the opportunity to meet this music legend, and for fans to have the chance to get books and memorabilia signed, but there will be so many people here that we're going to strictly enforce a few limits to keep things moving smoothly:
  • If you would like to watch the talk, it will be free and open to the public, first come, first served.
  • If you would like to get anything signed, you must buy a copy of Unkown Pleasures here at Skylight Books.
  • When you buy your book here (in person, over the phone, or online) you will receive a signing line ticket with a number on it.  This number is your guaranteed place in line.  No need to rush to the front when the signing begins--you will have a spot reserved for you.
  • You may bring up to three items in addition to books purchased here to get signed.  Concert tickets, records, etc. are OK, but please be very conscious of the fact that we need to keep the line moving, and have everything out and ready when you get to the front of the line.
  • Books purchased here do not count toward this three-item limit, but collectors/resellers, please be aware that we may have to put a limit on the number of books you can get signed depending on the time and the length of the line.
  • Members in Skylight's Friends with Benefits Club will have tickets to a priority signing line, which will go first.  Join now, or be sure to mention your membership when you buy!

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:

  • If you prepay for a book and are planning on attending the event, mention that you would like a singing line ticket (on our website, use the "Order Comments" field) and we will save you a signing line ticket
  • Members in Skylight's Friends with Benefits Club get 20% off the book and a ticket to the priority signing line, so think about joining now, and if you're already a member, be sure to mention that when you purchase.
  • If you cannot attend the event but would still like to get a book signed, let us know when you preorder your book, and we'll get your copy signed for you.  (On our website, use the "Signed Copy" button in your cart, and fill out the info on who you would like your book signed to.)

If you have a question that's not answered here, please don't hesitate to call us!  We're at (323) 660-1175.

Event date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
90027 Los Angeles
Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division Cover Image
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9780062222565
Published: It Books - January 29th, 2013

"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

Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past Cover Image
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9780865479944
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 19th, 2011