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Peter Hook’s Hacienda, Todd Snider and Legendary Music Journalist Lisa Robinson In New Books

Posted by on Apr.28, 2014, under News, Upcoming Releases No Comments

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Available for the first time in the US, The Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club by Peter Hook is stirring up buzz on our shores.  Hook, who’s book Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division was a best seller last year, impresses again with tales of The Hacienda club, written with an inclusive tone that makes you feel like you’re there with him every step of the way,  The Hacienda is a funny, horrifying, and outlandish story of success, idealism, naiveté and greed.

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Fans of Todd Snider won’t be disappointed with his new book I Never Met A Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly True Tall Tales which collects Snider’s stories in print for the first time.  Snider has an original and unique view that will intrigue even those readers unfamiliar with his music.

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Take a trip backstage with legendary music journalist Lisa Robinson, who shares over four decades of her music insider stories in There Goes Gravity: A Life In Rock And Roll.  Robinson has interviewed some of the biggest names in the business including Led Zeppelin, Patti Smith and Jay Z, but this is the first time she has allowed others into her exclusive world.

Peter Hook Book Interview- Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

Posted by on Feb.05, 2013, under Current Shows No Comments

As you would expect, a thirty-five year career as bassist in two of the world’s most beloved bands has enabled Peter Hook to assemble a compelling and insightful volume of stories that music lovers will enjoy and fans of Hook’s bands, Joy Division and New Order, will absolutely love. In a clever twist, Hook has left some myths unanswered, allowing some of the mystery of Joy Division to live on.

A product of sixty-five rewrites, Unknown Pleasures – Inside Joy Division is filled with hilarious road prank stories and “woe-is-me” tales of Hook having to drive the band van, showing a rarely seen lighter side of the Joy Division story, but ultimately, as he admits, this book is as much about revered singer Ian Curtis as it is about Hook.

Hook makes it very clear that the facts may not be absolutely accurate, but this is the story as he remembers it. The book is chock full of extras including set lists, drawings, and Hook’s own take on each song of each Joy Division album. Of course, it’s suggested that you listen to the music as you read along to get the fullest understanding of Hook’s commentary.

In this interview, which took place in the “Rare Books” room at the famous Strand Book Store in Manhattan (just a few blocks from the scene of some of New Order’s earliest US concerts), we talk about Hook’s need to set the Joy Division record straight, why now is the right time for this book to come out, the influence of his Mom and Auntie Jean on his life, and his thoughts on writing a similar book about his time in New Order.

Buy Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division. Follow Hooky on Twitter.

Scott Heim Talks First Time I Heard Book… Series

Posted by on Nov.06, 2012, under Current Shows No Comments

You may know novelist Scott Heim from his books We Disappear, In Awe, and Mysterious Skin (from which the Gregg Araki film of the same name was adapted).

But these days he’s in the middle of creating a remarkable E-book series called The First Time I Heard… The series’ concept is quite simple, but ingenious.  Heim asks an eclectic and brilliant mix of musicians and writers to talk about their first encounter with the music of specific iconic bands.  The resulting compendiums contain often personal and always compelling remembrances of these artists’ initial listens to the music of The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, Joy Division/New Order, Kate Bush, and David Bowie.  Naturally much of the commentary is fawning, but not everyone has fond recall of their assigned artist, and that makes these books feel even more honest.

And with a cast of contributors including Miki Berenyi (Lush), Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think), Joan As Policewoman, David Gedge (The Wedding Present), Adam Franklin (Swervedriver), Harold Budd, and David Narcizo (Throwing Muses), this series is a chance not just to hear about the music, but to enjoy the storytelling styles of the musicians involved outside of the context of their usual medium.

In this interview we talk about putting the series together, what books are in the works, and the power of older siblings as musical tastemakers.

Buy any (or all) of the First Time I Heard Series. Follow Scott on Twitter. Visit Scott’s official website/blog. Find out more about the book on Facebook.

“Unknown Pleasure- Inside Joy Division” By Peter Hook Out In UK In October

Posted by on Aug.22, 2012, under News No Comments

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Here’s all the scoop direct from Hooky’s website:

The definitive story of Joy Division told by the band’s legendary bassist, PETER HOOK.

“In the frank, upfront and indelibly personal style that saw his debut book The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club reach widespread and international acclaim, Peter ‘Hooky’ Hook tells the inside story of Joy Division for the first time, howtheir sound came to define an era and also inspire the post punk generation, underpinned by Hooky’s unique bass guitar melodies such as ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, “Transmission” and “New Dawn Fades”.

As with Hooky’s first book, Peter is to undertake a nationwide signing and event tour to coincide with publication, taking in England, Scotland and for the first time also visiting Ireland with the book. Starting on publication date Monday 1st October, Hooky’s signing tour takes in Manchester, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin with London, Liverpool, Dublin and Edinburgh, all featuring Q&A sessions along with Hooky meeting fans and signing copies.

As well as the in-store appearances, Peter will also be interviewed and appear at a string of literary festivals in October to support the publication of “Unknown Pleasures” in October appearing at Ilkley Literature Festival (Fri ­­­­­­­­­5th Oct), Morley Literature Festival (Sat 6th  Oct), Off The Shelf Literature Festival (Tues 16th Oct), and Chester (Weds 24th Oct) where Peter will also be signing copies.”

For more details about events related to the book, go here.  Here’s the official Facebook page