He was the bass player in two of the biggest bands to ever come out of the post punk/ electronica era from the UK. Peter Hook was the bassist for both New Order and Joy Division, and has now released a biography giving us an inside look at to two of England’s most revered bands.
Hook’s biography is called Substance: Inside New Order.
The book will hit shelves on October 6th, and is published via Simon & Schuster UK. It will offer a no holds barred look at New Order’s formation following the suicide of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis.
Here’s how Substance: Inside New Order is described, via Amazon:
Two acclaimed albums and an upcoming U.S. tour — Joy Division had the world at their feet. Then, on the eve of that tour and the beginning of what would surely have been an international success story, the band’s troubled lead singer, Ian Curtis, killed himself.
“We didn’t really think about it afterwards. It just sort of happened. One day we were Joy Division, then our lead singer killed himself and the next time we got together, we were a new band…” — Peter Hook
That band was New Order. Their distinctive sound — a fusion of post-punk and ground-breaking electronica – paved the way for the dance music explosion of the ’80s and earned them the reputation as one of the most influential bands of their generation. Despite their success, the band has always been a collision the visionary and the volatile, and relationships have often been fraught with tensions.
Peter Hook has written a no-holds-barred, comprehensive account of the band’s entire history, packed with outrageous anecdotes and including every set list and tour itinerary and interspersed with ‘geek facts’ of every piece of electronic equipment used to forge the sound that changed the direction of popular music.