Peter Hook of Joy Division

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Joy Division founding member and bass player Peter Hook tells the story of the band, which is credited with reinventing music in the post-punk era, and influencing U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead, and numerous others. In 1980, just after the release of their groundbreaking debut, “Unknown Pleasures,” and on right before their first U.S. tour, the band’s lead singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide. Hook’s book Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division recounts how four young men from Manchester and Salisbury, with makeshift instruments and a broken-down van, created a new sound that would define a generation.


Peter Hook

Comments [7]

Julio from Brazil

Joy Division changed my life in 1988 after listening to Unknown Pleasures.
Very intense and powerful. The most perfect chemistry between the band members I've ever seen.

Feb. 10 2013 07:54 AM

The groundbreaking debut, Unknown Pleasures, came out in 1979, and Ian Curtis committed suicide shortly before the release of their second album, Closer. Also, two of the band members are from Salford, NOT Salisbury. Massive difference. Other than that, a spot on description!

Feb. 08 2013 10:18 AM

Peter Cook, Joy Division's music changed my life as a young girl in Nicaragua. Abrazos for you.
Please come to Main Drag in Brooklyn, on Wythe Avenue!

Jan. 30 2013 01:15 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

@ Eric, a lot of my friends hate Joy Division for the origins of their name - I'm sure there is some irony meant there - hopefully.

Jan. 30 2013 01:11 PM
Eric from Manhattan

Can you please explain why you named your band after one of the most horrible units of the Nazi regime?

Jan. 30 2013 12:59 PM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

As a longtime fan of Joy Division, I have mixed feelings about Hook performing "Unknown Pleasures" live. The way I see it, if you didn't catch JD back in the 70s (and not many did), you missed 'em, and that's that. Hard to imagine someone doing justice to Ian Curtis' lyrics and singing. What was the reaction, and will he do this again?

Jan. 30 2013 12:58 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Did Peter Hook have to consciously change his style of bass playing from Joy Division, as New Order embraced the more dance friendly, "four on the floor" time signature?

How true are the rumors of those drug fueled Ibizan recording sessions for their legendary album "Technique"?

Jan. 30 2013 12:41 PM

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