Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division
- Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 27 September 2012
- Music: Styles & Genres
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I got into this book with mixed feelings. How can a bass player develop into serious writer? Thankfully I was so wrong. This book is really entertaining and it reads more like fiction than boring listing of facts. It's a true story, as Peter Hook remembers it. I liked how the book showed musicians side of Joy Division, compared to movie Control, which concentrated more on the cool factor of the band. You get the highlights and the downsides and funny insight to the life of a bass player. I'd recommend this book to not only Joy Division fans, but to anybody who's ever played in a band. It may be a long reach, but funniest parts of the book are comparable to adventures of Spinal Tap.
Peter Hook does a very good job making you feel like he is just having a friendly chat about Joy Division. His prose style is very informal and loose. And his different view of Ian Curtis does a great job making him less mythic and more human. It must have been a difficult journey for Hook to look at this time in his life, he repeatedly states his feeling that they all let Ian down (including Ian himself) and should have done something. But as with any book written by someone in a group dynamic, we get one man's side of every situation. Bernard Sumner might have a completely different view point. So we are left with a good book, that you must take with a grain of salt. I just got to the end and my everlasting feeling was simply "I miss Ian".
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