Peter Hook, Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

The Guardian reviews Joy Division bassist's new memoir
Joy Division: Peter Hook, Ian Curtis, Stephen Morris and Bernhard Sumner. Photograph: Anton Corbijn
Andy Beckett (The Guardian): 'Of all the great doomed rock bands, with their mayfly lives and drawn-out, highly profitable after-lives, few have a legend as potent and precisely defined as Joy Division. They played their first concert in January 1978 and their last in May 1980. In that time they released two albums and a few other songs: a pop music close to unique in its icy, addictive bleakness. They wore stark, photogenic clothes and haunted the hollowed-out cities of a decaying northern England. Their singer, Ian Curtis, was so intense onstage that he had epileptic fits. The day before a pivotal first tour of the United States, he hanged himself. He was 23.' [Read More]

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