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Substance: Inside New Order: Coming Up and Coming Down [9781471132407]

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Two acclaimed album and an upcoming US tour - Joy Division had the world at their feet. Then, on the eve of that tour, in May 1980, at the beginning of what would surely have been a huge international success story, the band's troubled lead singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide. ' One day we were Joy Division, then our lead singer died, and the next time we got together, we were a new band,' said Hooky.

That band was New Order - their label was Factory Records, their club The Hacienda. Their distinctive sound - a fusion of post-punk and ground-breaking electronica - paved the way for the dance music explosion that followed. This innovation would earn them the reputation as one of the most influential groups of their generation, and change the course of popular music. Despite their success, New Order was always a collision of the visionary and the volatile, forged in the maverick atmosphere that dominated the Manchester music scene at the time. More often than not, relationships in the band were fraught with tensions, and they would break up and reform more than once.

Following on from his bestselling titles The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club and Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, Peter Hook has written a rollicking, no-holds-barred account of the band's entire history. Containing outrageous anecdotes, tales of excess and astonishing creative perseverance, Substance is also packed with never-before-seen detail, discographies and technical information. This is possibly the most entertaining memoir ever written by a British musician.

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Peter Hook
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