Bernard Sumner Reveals ‘New Order, Joy Division and Me’ Book

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 07.10.14 in News

As New Order continue to work on their first record without its co-founder/contentious bassist Peter Hook, frontman Bernard Sumner has announced the UK release of his autobiography. Due out September 25 through Bantam Press and available for pre-order here, Chapter and Verse is described as “a vivid and illuminating account of Bernard’s Salford childhood, the early days of Joy Division, the band’s enormous critical and popular success, and the subsequent tragic death of Ian Curtis. Bernard describes the formation of New Order, takes us behind the scenes at the birth of classics such as ‘Blue Monday’ and gives his first-hand account of the ecstasy and the agony of the Haçienda 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.”

Meanwhile, Hook seems to be happy performing New Order’s classic albums on his own, and there doesn’t seem to be any reconciliation in sight. “It’s a bit like divorcing the wife isn’t it?” he said in an Irish Examiner interview this week. “Lawyers get involved and you don’t really feel like coming back together.

He continued, “We are quite different people. You probably wouldn’t see it from the outside. You can’t possibly get to know someone from an interview and from seeing them on stage. It just got to the point on the last New Order album where, if I said ‘black’, [Sumner would] say ‘white’. It got very frustrating and pointless. It obviously didn’t seem to be working.”

“I just hope he’s happy,” Sumner said in a separate interview last year. “Let him get on with his life. We’re happier, without a doubt.”

Happier, sure, but at what cost? As we wait to hear the answer to that question, here’s the cover of Sumner’s book…