Thursday, January 21, 2016

Recommended Reading: 'Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division & Me'

Just a few years after his former bandmate Peter Hook released his autobiography about the account of what happened within Joy Division and parts of New Order, Bernard Sumner got his rebuttal. In 2014, the leader of New Order and former guitarist of Joy Division released his autobiography Chapter & Verse: New Order, Joy Division & Me. The book chronicles his childhood in Manchester to being in two of the biggest and influential indie rock bands of all time.

The book, which is much more cut and dry than Hooky's, is an introspective and interesting read but at often points Sumner has a hard time telling a story. However, for any fan of either of the bands it is a worthwhile pickup, simply because the accounts and details of what went on behind the scenes is enough to make you want to start your own band and hit the road.