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by Bill Pearis

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The demystification process starts with Hook's portrayal of himself as a laddish delinquent who, thunderstruck by punk rock, spontaneously decides to form a band with Salford schoolfriend Bernard Sumner, and only develops his distinctively high, melodic bass-playing style to counteract the shortcomings of a cheap amp. Even as he lays bare Curtis's juvenile side, Hook seems somewhat in awe of the singer: the charismatic highbrow with the arty Belgian girlfriend and the love of Ballard and Burroughs.

There's a lovely image of Curtis in the studio, assembling his brutal, beautiful lyrics by rummaging through a carrier bag full of scraps of paper. Hook and Sumner are cast as comic relief, constantly overruled by belligerent producer Martin Hannett ("a lunatic wizard") and forbidden from speaking in interviews by manager Rob Gretton. "He didn't do it to create a mystique around the band but because he thought we were a couple of cretins." - [The Guardian]

Peter Hook's Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, a first-person account of his first band, came out back in October 2012 in the UK but will just now see a North American release on January 29. The bassist will promote its release with a book launch at DUMBO art space/bookstore Powerhouse Arena on January 28 that will include a conversation with Pitchfork's Brandon Stousy, as well as "DJ Sportcoat will be on the turntables, and drinks will be served." The event starts at 7 PM and is free.

This is Hook's second book, the first was The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club, an extremely entertaining account of the Manchester club the band co-owned with Factory records and became ground zero for the late-'80s UK rave scene. Meanwhile, Hook continues to regurgitate his musical past with his band The Light. Having toured the Joy Division albums, he's gearing up to bring New Order's first two albums, Movement and Power, Corruption and Lies, on the road as well. While this may seem even more ill-advised than touring the Joy Division albums, Movement actually features Hook on lead vocals on "Dreams Never End" and "Doubts Even Here." No North American dates as of yet. And as you may know, New Order are going on without him, having played NYC back in October.

Book launch flyer below...

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Unknown Pleasures

Peter Hook & the Light - 2012 Tour Dates
Wednesday Jan 16th Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff The Light - Movement / Power, Corruption & Lies
Thursday Jan 17th Koko, London The Light - Movement / Power Corruption And Lies
Friday Jan 18th Manchester Cathedral, Manchester The Light - Movement / Power Corruption And Lies

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Comments (17)

Peter Hook will also be at The Book Revue in Huntington, NY signing copies of his book on Wednesday February 6th 2013 at 7pm
http://www.bookrevue.com/PeterHook.html

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 12:19 PM

Yeah, but then you have to...go to Long Island :O

There might even be...Long Islanders there :O

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 12:31 PM

Hooky has been making some serious bank lately on all of this shit from 30 years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 12:40 PM

How this would be more ill advised than touring the joy division albums?
Possibly can't be worse than that awful new order roseland show. Might be even better since Bernard cannot sing at all any more.

Posted by ME | January 3, 2013 12:46 PM

i saw new order in 1983. now i live in my parents basement.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 1:28 PM

i saw new order in 1980. now i'm a grandparent.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 1:40 PM

I traveled back in time to see New Order in 1980. Now I am 10 years old.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 1:46 PM

Lost Sirens!!!!

:-)

Posted by Fac 328 | January 3, 2013 2:34 PM

i saw new order in 1983. now i live with your Mom.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 4:10 PM

JD >>>>>>> NO

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 5:02 PM

I saw New Order in '89 with PIL and the Sugarcubes. I think it was billed as the "Monsters of College Rock" tour, which is embarrassingly lame, but the show was really great.

Posted by The Cowboy | January 3, 2013 5:42 PM

That sounds like a cd that has commercials on tbs at midnight

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2013 7:27 PM

I traveled back in time to see New Order in 1980. Now I am 10 years old.

Posted by Aqarcity | January 7, 2013 12:26 PM

I saw Joy Division at Maxwell's in Hoboken in 1980, and then I woke up.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2013 12:33 PM

I saw New Order in 1985. I'm still wearing the same skirt and Doc Martens

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2013 8:51 PM

Nice dude. Nobody fucking cares about your dumbass opinion. If you don't pay to go to this festival, none of us will be any worse for wear.

Posted by download charles | April 5, 2013 2:44 PM

Peter hook rules.

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