Peter Hook, the co-founder of both Joy Division and New Order, has created a list of his favourite books that he likes to take on tour with him.

Hook, who formed the pioneering band Joy Division with Bernard Sumner in 1976, changed the group’s name to New Order following the tragic death of lead singer Ian Curtis in 1980.

Now touring with Peter Hook & The Light, a band noted for performing the Joy Division and New Order albums live, the group have a string of North American dates which will include stops in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more.

Now, discussing the new run of live shows with Brooklyn Vegan to discuss the reading material that will be accompanying him on the bus, Hook revealed the 10 books that link him, Joy Division and New Order.

One interesting addition, Peter Stringfellow and King Of Clubs, sees Hook explain that his own edition of the book was given to him as a gift by New Order manager Rob Gretton in an effort “to show me that we weren’t the only ones who had made monumental errors in the club world.”

Hook added: “Peter Stringfellow pretty much emulated what we had done. Hopeless naivety, trusting people you shouldn’t, being taken advantage of, having a good time doing it and nothing stopping you doing it. It is a great book.”

See the full list and tour dates, below.

Peter Hook’s top 10 favourite books:

  1. John Irving – The World According To Garp
  2. F. Scott Fitzgerald – Tender Is The Night
  3. Heather Morris – The Tattooist of Auschwitz
  4. Lee Child – Jack Reacher: The Hard Way
  5. Tony Warren – The Lights of Manchester
  6. David Wellington – Monster Planet
  7. Peter Stringfellow – King Of Clubs
  8. Sandi Toksvig – Peas & Queues
  9. Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) – Diary Of A Rock & Roll Star
  10. Peter Hook – Substance (Inside New Order)

When somewhat cheekily including his own book in the list, Hook said: “I use now as a reference book,” in his explanation. “A lot of the things I’m doing with the LPs now as I go through, I need to know facts. I did put a lot of detail in all the books simply because I hate rock and roll books that don’t list the records, don’t talk about the tracks.

“I actually use Spotify as I read through the book to hear certain tracks, which I heartily recommend. Although if you’re reading the Motley Crue book don’t bother doing that. The story is far more interesting than their music.”

Peter Hook & The Light – 2019 Tour Dates

24th October – Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
25th October – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY
26th October – Paradise Rock Club, Boston MA
28th October – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON
29th October – Fairmount Theatre, Montreal QC
31st October – St.Andrews Hall, Detroit MI

1st November – Metro, Chicago IL
2nd November – First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
4th November – Venue, Vancouver BC
5th November – Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA
7th November – – Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR
8th November – The Fillmore, San Francisco CA
9th November – The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA
11th November – Emo’s, Austin TX
12th November – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA

Source: Brooklyn Vegan


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