"Substance" - Inside New Order by Peter Hook - US Publication 31st Jan 2017 / Book Tour Announced


Dey Street Books | Hardcover | January 31, 2017 | $35

“As raw, undiluted, and fitfully funny as its predecessors… It's an unapologetic rock memoir, concerned less with legacy and more with what really went down: "the idea being to bring you the most complete and truthful record of life inside New Order as is humanly possible." By that standard, the book is a marvelous success. A well-written and brutally honest remembrance of the glory days of rave culture.”

“The way Joy Division and New Order combined high art with base behaviour is well established but this book rides that tandem to new dimensions...but there's much more than carnage."

“Rock writing rarely tells us properly what a band treading water or in slow decline feels like from the inside. Hook does so memorably....For all his boisterous indestructability, this book often has a haunted quality, and is all the more powerful for it.”

"Epic rock tale of sex, drugs and jealousy... A must for fans, it's wildly funny and revelatory.”

Following the tragic death of lead singer Ian Curtis on the eve of their first US Tour, Peter Hook and Joy Division’s remaining members resurrected themselves into what would become one of the most influential bands of the eighties. New Order’s distinctive sound - a fusion of post-punk and ground-breaking electronica – inspired and paved the way for the dance music revolution. Throughout their career, the band scaled the heights of success with huge hits including “Bizarre Love Triangle,” “Perfect Kiss,” "Regret" and “Blue Monday” – the biggest selling 12-inch single of all time.

Yet despite their renown, the band was entrenched in a battle between the visionary and the volatile, and their relationships were often fraught with tensions. SUBSTANCE: Inside New Order is packed with outrageous anecdotes and the “gleefully profane” (Entertainment Weekly) storytelling of his first two books, this is a no-holds barred, comprehensive history of New Order.  The candid memories and sense of humor displayed throughout will more than satisfy Hook’s fans and thrill new readers.

Including every New Order set list and tour itinerary, SUBSTANCE is also interspersed with "geek facts" about every piece of electronic equipment used to forge the sound that changed the direction of popular music, discographies, gigographies, and track-by-track analysis, as well as exclusive photographs and archival images from Peter’s personal collection. A compelling snapshot of the era, SUBSTANCE brings readers backstage to the 80s music scene in all its now nostalgic glory. 

Pre-order "Substance - Inside New Order" here - http://hc.com/Substance

Book Tour

Weds 1st Feb              Saint Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, New York (with WORD Bookstores)
Thurs 2nd Feb            Book Revue, Huntington, NY
Fri 3rd Feb                  The Regent Theatre, Los Angeles (with Book Soup)
Sat 4th Feb                 JCC Of San Francisco, San Francisco