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The words that inspired New Order and Joy Division: Peter Hook's 10 favourite books


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 built up a formidable reputation for their wide-ranging and expansive stage presence.

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. With live music off the menu for the foreseeable future, allow Hook to guide you through some literary influences to keep you busy.

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.”

Source: Brooklyn Vegan