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Chapter and Verse : New Order, Joy Division and Me
by Bernard Sumner


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Founding member and guitarist of Joy Division and the lead singer of New Order, Bernard Sumner has been famous over the years for his reticence. Until now . . .

An integral part of the Manchester, UK, music scene since the late 1970s, his is the definitive version of the events that created two of the most influential bands of all time.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Founding member and guitarist of Joy Division and the lead singer of New Order, Bernard Sumner has been famous over the years for his reticence. Until now . . .

An integral part of the Manchester, UK, music scene since the late 1970s, his is the definitive version of the events that created two of the most influential bands of all time.

Chapter and Verse includes a vivid and illuminating account of 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 firsthand account of the ecstasy and the agony of the Hacienda days.

Sometimes moving, often hilarious, and occasionally completely out of control, this is a tale populated by some of the most colorful and creative characters in music history, such as Ian Curtis, Tony Wilson, Rob Gretton, and Martin Hannett. Others have told parts of the story, in film and book form. Now, for the first time, Bernard Sumner gives you chapter and verse.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781250077721
  • ISBN-10: 1250077729
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
  • Publish Date: November 2015
  • Page Count: 352
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-10-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

Los Angeles produced the Beach Boys; Manchester produced Joy Division, writes former Joy Division band member Sumner. The Beach Boys music was full of warmth and sunshine, while Joy Divisions music was cold, sparse, and, at times, bleak, like Manchester. In meandering style, Sumner tells a story that is also sparse and bleak. In the absence of a stable family life, Sumner and his friends, including his future bandmate Peter Hook, discover music on the rough-and-tumble street corners of Manchester; he acknowledges that the music from the movie The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly was the first music to knock him sideways. From his first gigat the Electric Circus in Manchesterhe learns how to be a performer, and the songs that make up Joy Divisions most famous album, Unknown Pleasures, grow out of that gig. Singer Ian Curtiss suicide on the eve of the bands first American tour dramatically alters the musical landscape for Joy Division, but out of the ashes of that band rises New Order, fronted by Sumner and Hook, whose music grows increasingly popular through the 1980s. Rock and roll success leads to excess, as the members of New Order descend into endless partying and drug abuse. Sumners writing can flatten at times, but to fans of Joy Division and New Order, this will be a mere respite from an otherwise good story,. (Nov.)

 
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