Following their world exclusive on the book last September, NME (the world famous New Musical Express) have nominated Hooky’s second book “Unknown Pleasures - Inside Joy Division” as the best book of 2012.
Some of the critical reaction from the book’s UK publication and the early reviews from its US publication in late January 2013are quoted below.
Voting for the awards is open now at the link below and runs until Wednesday 20th February 2013.
Voting is tied to an individual facebook account and the book category is linked here
The full list of nominated books is here;
Obviously all at peterhook.co.uk would be delighted if you could look to cast your vote for “Unknown Pleasures” – Our thanks in advance.
Critical Reaction To “Unknown Pleasures – Inside Joy Division”
“Hook has restored a flesh-and-blood rawness to what was becoming a standard tale. Few pop music books manage that.”
“The most colorful and intimate account of Joy Division ever written . . . a marvelous raconteur, Hook evokes the spirit of the age with a bluff authenticity that no outsider could hope to emulate . . . explaining the creation of his band’s remarkable music with all the passion and insight it deserves.”
“A self-confessed “working-class yobbo,” Hook writes with real enthusiasm about the unlikely lads who ended up forming two of Britain’s most influential bands (Joy Division and, after the suicide of their lead singer Ian Curtis, New Order) . . . will keep you entertained for a very long time”
The Sunday Times
“Required reading for anyone who ever felt moved by Joy Division’s cold, dark music.”
“Vivid, funny, and unexpectedly touching, Peter Hook’s memoir strips away the shroud of myth surrounding Joy Division to offer a refreshingly gritty perspective on the story of four ordinary young men who together made extraordinary music.”
Simon Reynolds, author of Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-84Bassist Peter Hook offers a vivid portrait of his influential post-punk group and bandmate Ian Curtis. It is a sometimes heartbreaking, always engrossing memoir....a honest, punchy, rough-hewn document of that period.
"Unknown Pleasures – Inside Joy Division" is a portal into a vivid moment in rock history as well as the life and times of a working band (and) Hook is the perfect guide.
He provides a raw, detailed chronological account of those days with an admirable directness, Hook tells his story without any preciousness — in fact, he seems to revel in his abrasiveness throughout this sometimes heartbreaking, always engrossing memoir.....”
Los Angeles Times
"Unknown Pleasures" is Joy Division bassist Peter Hook's tragicomic account of the rise and fall of his former group. Mr. Hook tells a raffishly charming and, in the end, heartbreaking story, full of the burning ambition and abject blundering that accompany any band's road to glory. "I'm a working-class yobbo," he declares, and he delivers proletarian pragmatism in an affable tone dosed with British slang and copious cussing. Yobbos, it turns out, can make revelatory, enduring art.
To his great credit, Mr. Hook doesn't revise his life story in retrospect, and his candid, plain-spoken approach is a valuable complement to previous portrayals of the band: two romanticized biopics (Anton Corbijn's "Control" and Michael Winterbottom's "24 Hour Party People"), a profound film documentary (Grant Gee's "Joy Division") and the gloomy but potent memoir by Curtis's widow, Deborah ("Touching From a Distance")—as well as 30 years' worth of cerebral critical appreciations by outsiders.
Just about anyone who has known a suicide obsesses about what they didn't do. But, as Mr. Hook notes in a moving passage, "What's harder—what's much, much harder—is to accept what you actually did do." Still, it is hard to pin too much blame on Mr. Hook or the band—they were all in their very early 20s, after all, and northern England in the late 1970s wasn't the most enlightened time or place. "Great thing, isn't it, hindsight?" Mr. Hook remarks. As "Unknown Pleasures" shows, hindsight truly can be great. It is also heart-rending, ruthless and redemptive.
Wall Street Journal
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