NME have reported that bassist Peter Hook is all set to release his latest book, a memoir on his former band Joy Division titled Unknown Pleasures – Inside Joy Division, due out October 1, 2012 via Simon & Schuster.
The new book follows Joy Division from the band’s inception to the harrowing suicide of singer and fellow bandmate Ian Curtis. However, according to XFM, the book isn’t a morbid affair and reads with the “frank and funny style” Hook delivered in his first book The Hacienda – How Not To Run A Club, which was inspired by Hook’s time as co-owner of Manchester’s Hacienda nightclub.
When speaking about his new book, Hook said that despite the continued popularity of Joy Division, very few understand exactly what went on within the band.
“It’s very strange. Over the years Joy Division has become a huge part of music culture. A lot of people think they know what happened. But they don’t”, Hook said.
“Anyone who’s ever written a book or made a film about Joy Division, unless they sat in that van or car with us, they don’t know anything about it. Me, Barney, Steve, Ian, Rob, Twinny, Terry and Dave. Only us lot know what really happened”, he said.
Ian Curtis took his life two months before the release of Joy Division’s second and final album, 1980’s Closer. The record followed up the band’s debut record Unknown Pleasures, which was released only one year prior, in 1979. NME recently anointed Love Will Tear Us Apart as ‘NME’s greatest track of the last 60 years’
“It still sends a shiver down my spine. Especially because I know the people involved. It masquerades as this cute little pop song, which is one of its delightful ironies. I would’ve hated it to be about me”, Hook said.
After the demise of Curtis, the remaining members of Joy Division went on to form New Order, a band that Hook was a part of until 2007. Hook is now in a legal battle with his former New Order bandmates over the use of the ‘New Order’ name.
Watch: Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart