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Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division…

Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division and Me

by Bernard Sumner

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This seems to be the year of reading musicians' memoirs for me: this is the third I've read in the last few months by an English musician of around my age, following Viv Albertine's superb memoir (still the best book I've read this year), and Tracey Thorn's which is almost as good in its quietly reflective way. Bernard Sumner's is not quite as well written as either of those two, but I still found it fascinating - both because I love the music of Joy Division and New Order, the bands for which he is most famous, and because his origins in Salford in the 1950s have many parallels with my own in Grimsby a couple of years later.

New Order were famous for their hedonism, but I was relieved that he dialled down the drugs, drink 'n debauchery to focus more on the music and the personalities - not neglecting some of the epic legal struggles in which the band has been involved. If you are interested in the music of the post-punk and acid house eras, or if you are keen to read an English perspective that is distinctly Northern, I think you'll enjoy this book. ( )
  timjones | Oct 12, 2014 |
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Examines "Bernard Sumner's childhood, the early days of Joy Division, the band's enormous critical and popular success, and the subsequent tragic death of Ian Curtis. Sumner describes the formation of New Order, takes us behind the scenes at the birth of classics such as 'Blue Monday, ' and gives his first-hand account of the ecstasy and the agony of the Ha?cienda days"--Dust jacket flap.… (more)

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