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About Peter Hook
Peter Hook was born in 1956 in Salford, England. A founding member of Joy Division and New Order, he is an international DJ and tours Joy Division's music with his new band, the Light. He lives in Cheshire.
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A ROLLICKING, NO-HOLDS-BARRED ACCOUNT OF NEW ORDER'S ENTIRE HISTORY.
Two acclaimed albums and an upcoming US tour – Joy Division had the world at their feet. Then, on the eve of that tour, the band’s troubled lead singer, Ian Curtis, killed himself. The next time they got together, they were a new band.
That band was New Order – their label was Factory Records, their club The Haçienda. Their distinctive sound paved the way for the dance music explosion that followed, earning them the reputation as one of the most influential bands of their generation, and changing the course of popular music.
Following on from his bestselling titles The Haçienda and Unknown Pleasures, Peter Hook has written a rollicking, no-holds-barred account of the band's entire history. Substance is packed with never-before-seen detail, discographies and technical information. This is possibly the most entertaining memoir ever written by a British musician.
‘There are stories here that make Ozzy Osbourne looks like Mother Teresa’ Sunday Express
‘A rollicking read’ Record Collector
‘Rock writing rarely tells us properly what a band treading water or in slow decline feels like from the inside. Hook does so memorably’ Guardian
‘As mammoth and downright idiotic as the band deserves … something hilariously daft happens on nearly all of Substance’s 750 pages’ Classic Pop
Joy Division changed the face of music. Godfathers of the current alternative scene, they reinvented rock in the post-punk era, creating a new sound - dark, hypnotic, intense - that would influence U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead and many others. This is the story of Joy Division told by the band's legendary bassist, Peter Hook.
'Hook has restored a flesh-and-blood rawness to what was becoming a standard tale. Few pop music books manage that'Guardian
'An honest, enthusiastic account … It's a window like no other into the reality of life in this most aloof of bands' METRO
'An immense account of Joy Division's rise…Having read Hook's book, you'll feel like you were the fifth member of the band' GQ
'A bittersweet, profanity filled recollection… If you like Joy Division, you really have to read it' Q Magazine
'Hook lifts the lid on the real Ian Curtis' NME
'He's frank, incredibly funny, and isn't shy'Artrocker
Peter Hook, as co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, has been shaping the course of popular music for thirty years. He provided the propulsive bass guitar melodies of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and the bestselling 12-inch single ever, 'Blue Monday' among many other songs. As co-owner of Manchester's Hacienda club, Hook propelled the rise of acid house in the late 1980s, then suffered through its violent fall in the 1990s as gangs, drugs, greed and a hostile police force destroyed everything he and his friends had created. This is his memory of that era and 'it's far sadder, funnier, scarier and stranger' than anyone has imagined.
As young and naive musicians, the members of New Order were thrilled when their record label Factory opened a club. Yet as their career escalated, they toured the world and had top ten hits, their royalties were being ploughed into the Hacienda and they were only being paid £20 per week. Peter Hook looked back at that exciting and hilarious time to write HACIENDA. All the main characters appear - Tony Wilson, Barney, Shaun Ryder - and Hook tells it like it was - a rollercoaster of success, money, confusion and true faith.
Peter Hook, cuyas líneas de bajo en Joy Division y New Order son un referente de la música popular, narra con humor y un ritmo endiablado su experiencia no solo como bajista de dos de los grupos fundamentales del rock británico sino también como copropietario a la fuerza de uno de los clubs más influyentes de todos los tiempos. Hooky, que vivía humildemente con veinte libras a la semana, no pudo imaginarse nunca que gran parte de sus abultados ingresos tras éxitos como "Blue Monday", "Bizarre Love Triangle" o "True Faith" se esfumarían en ese "agujero en el suelo conocido como The Haçienda", tal y como lo describió el productor Martin Hannett, que abrió sus puertas el 21 de mayo de 1982 para cambiar para siempre el rumbo de la escena de clubs del Reino Unido. Y si bien al principio funcionó más como una sala de conciertos —allí dieron bolos antológicos grupos como los Smiths, Happy Mondays o Stone Roses—, a partir de 1984, DJs como Mike Pickering y sus noches Nude tomaron el testigo y empezaron a pinchar una ecléctica mezcla de funk, primigenia música electrónica e indie que revolucionaron la escena musical y plantaron las semillas del fenómeno que se conoció como Madchester. Para que la revolución acabara de estallar, ya solo quedó el advenimiento del Segundo Verano del Amor, de inspiración ibicenca, que dio lugar en 1988 al apogeo de la cultura rave y al acid house.
Esta es la hilarante y desquiciada historia de The Haçienda, contada por un narrador de excepción como Peter Hook, que vio cómo la mala gestión, la violencia del crimen organizado de Manchester (rebautizada "Gunchester"), una administración pública beligerante y errores de amateur de todo tipo acabaron con la vida de un club legendario cuyo legado aún hoy pervive.