Books — June 14, 2013 at 6:54 am

Bernard Sumner to tell the stories of Joy Division, New Order in 2014 autobiography

New Order

With bassist Peter Hook already have written one book on Joy Division and planning a follow-up on New Order, former bandmate Bernard Sumner now will get his say, too, with this week’s announcement that he’ll publish an autobiography in fall 2014 that will offer his “personal perspective both on my own life story and the many bands I’ve been in.”

The Bookseller, which covers British publishing news, today reported that Sumner has signed a deal with Transworld to publish the as-yet-untitled book, which promises to “explore Sumner’s formation of Joy Division alongside Ian Curtis, his relationship with bandmate Peter Hook, and the inspiration for ‘Blue Monday,’ the biggest selling 12-inch single of all time.”

Sumner told the publication:

“Joy Division and New Order have both left quite a legacy but up until now I’ve been happy to let the music speak for itself. Somehow it feels like the right time to give my personal perspective both on my own life story and the many bands I’ve been in.”

Hook last fall published “Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division,” and, in a previous interview with Slicing Up Eyeballs, said he planned to follow that up with a companion book on New Order (“I’m not looking forward to the New Order book because there’s so much bitterness and so many ups and downs. You don’t want it to be a bitchfest, shall we say.”)






  1. Batshiz Crazay

    I’d definitely trust Sumner’s word over Hooky’s any day.

  2. I gotta say, Hooky’s book was a fun read. Definitely recommend it.

  3. hooky’s book was an informative read. seeing him speak on the book tour was quite illuminating too. nice fellow. i look forward to reading mr rubble’s book next fall.

  4. Should be a great read, but not sure if a chapter on “The Art of Geezer Dancing” is gonna be a total lowlight or unexpected highlight, as in hysterical! Am still having bad dreams about Barney bustin’ a move on Kimmel.

  5. Geezer dancing. I’m not that far away from that, I think.

  6. Definitely on team Sumner here, look forward to reading his book.

  7. There is No Order without Hooky! Barney is so full of himself and lacks credibility! Go Hooky!

  8. ^ This.

  9. Wish this band would play nice. Life is too short for grudges. Stop tainting your legacy and get over it. You’ll be amazed what forgiveness can do.

  10. Can’t wait to read this.

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