Peter Hook: Ian Curtis wasn’t curled up in a ball, head in his hands
We are lousy with music memoirs that want to be literature. And as perfect as Patti Smith's "Just Kids" might be, there's something to be said for a book that takes delight in running into a former bandmate now working at a McDonald's in England.
Peter Hook's "Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division," is a lot of things, all of them brutally honest and told in the straightforward voice of an English punk rocker who ended up playing bass in two of the most distinctive and influential bands of the post-punk era -- a band that's been enshrined in movies like "24-Hour Party People" and "Control," and whose influence can be heard in countless of the dark, arty, epic bands that followed, whether U2, R.E.M., Radiohead or Interpol.
Hook's path was set at a Sex Pistols show in Manchester in June 1976. Like the old cliché about the Velvet Underground, not many people were there, but all of them started a band -- the 50 people in the room included future Smiths singer Morrissey, Mark E. Smith of the Fall, Mick Hucknall of Simply Red, and Hook and soon-to-be bandmate Bernard Sumner.