Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook has written a memoir, Unknown Pleasures (the title of Joy Division’s first album, as you know), an extract of which the New York Times has published. In it, Hook recalls Joy Division’s formation and their work flow. In two words? Ian Curtis.
It all started with the Sex Pistols. I saw them twice in 1976 — two gigs weeks apart at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester — Bernard Sumner (our guitarist) and I went together with a couple of friends to the first gig, and at the second gig I bumped into Ian Curtis, who would become our lead singer. They were only on for half an hour, but when they finished, we filed out quietly with our minds blown, absolutely utterly speechless, and it just sort of dawned on me then — that was it. On the way home that night we decided to form a band — Joy Division. The name was Ian’s idea.