CLEVELAND (November 22, 2010) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to welcome Peter Hook, co-founder of post-punk bands Joy Division and New Order, for a special Legends Series interview on Tuesday, November 30 at 7 p.m. in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater.
Hook will be interviewed by the Rock Hall’s Director of Education Jason Hanley. Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the interview. Hook will also be performing a selection of songs from Joy Division’s seminal album, Unknown Pleasures. This event is free with a reservation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (216) 515-8426 to RSVP. This event will be live streamed on rockhall.com.
Born in 1956 in Salford, England, legendary bass guitarist Peter Hook remains energetically devoted to music, rock and roll and the experiences that his three decade career has given him with bands like Joy Division and New Order, which he co-founded, as well as Revenge, Monaco and Freebass. He is also the director of the infamous Fac 51 The Hacienda and manager of the Manchester indie venue the Factory.
A well respected rock and roll icon, Hook is known for his droning bass lines which dominated the sounds of Joy Division and New Order. He overcame the trend of badly tuned guitars during the punk rock era and made the throbbing beat of the bass stress the importance of rhythm. Hook has become synonymous with the Manchester music scene and what it represents culturally. As a DJ, he is one of the most sought after in the world, both as himself and also with the revived Haçienda, and he continues to record and produce new music.
Most recently Hook has opened a new chapter on his life, as a critically acclaimed author with his honest to account of the turbulent times of the Haçienda years in the critically acclaimed The Haçienda – How Not To Run A Club. He is also presently writing his second book on Joy Division and plans a book to follow on New Order.
Having decided to commemorate the 30 year anniversary of Joy Division lead vocalist Ian Curtis’ passing by performing Unknown Pleasures in two charity supporting concerts at The Factory in Manchester with his band The Light, the band has been invited from around the world for these special concerts and over the Summer of 2010.
Over September and October 2010 Hooky and the Light undertook sold out tours of Australia, New Zealand and Spain before performing a three date tour of Italy in late November prior to this coast to coast tour of The States. Next year, the group will tour Europe in February 2011 and begin writing and recording new material.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has a spotlight exhibit on Joy Division and New Order in the Ahmet M. Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall. Featured in the exhibit is Peter Hook’s bass guitar, Bernard Sumner’s acoustic guitar, concert posters, ticket stubs, original handwritten lyrics to songs like “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Blue Monday” and more.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has FREE educational offerings year round. Additional adult education programs include From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits, which gives audiences an inside look at aspects of the music business that are often concealed from view, and Rock and Roll Night School, which gives interested adults the opportunity to expand their rock and roll-related knowledge.
For more information about these and other Rock Hall educational programs, visit www.rockhall.com/education.
About Joy Division and New Order
The band that would eventually become New Order was originally known as Warsaw. The group -- Ian Curtis on vocals, Bernard Sumner on guitar and vocals, Peter Hook on bass and Stephen Morris on drums -- came together in Manchester, England in 1976. Discarding the Warsaw moniker and borrowing a new name from the forced prostitution wings of German concentration camps, Joy Division emerged in 1978. After recording a self-released EP, An Ideal for Living, the band was signed to Manchester's recently formed Factory Records. The group’s Factory debut, Unknown Pleasures, with its stark black cover, perfectly captured the ethos of Joy Division. Morris's drums were employed almost as a lead instrument, backed by the ominous-sounding and propulsive bass lines of Hook, which formed a backdrop for Curtis’ raw, intense vocals – evoking a compelling sonic landscape with relentless precision that was both distinctive and disturbing. The quartet established a strong cult following, with much of the attention centered on the charismatic lead singer. Ian Curtis, who suffered from epilepsy, was renowned for his idiosyncratic, herky-jerky onstage presence. On more than one occasion he experienced epileptic seizures and blackouts onstage, and the illness seemed to worsen with the group's increasingly demanding live schedule.
On May 18, 1980, the eve of Joy Division's proposed tour of America, Ian Curtis committed suicide by hanging. Less than a month later, Joy Division entered the U.K. charts with the single “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” which eventually reached Number 13. Within months of the Curtis tragedy, the remaining members sought a fresh start under the name New Order, which, like Joy Division, was another appropriation from the vernacular of the Third Reich. Sumner took over lead vocal duties, and the trio embarked on a tour of America. Later that year they recruited Morris's girlfriend, Gillian Gilbert, on keyboards, vocals and guitar. New Order’s debut, Movement, was released the following year. The group’s first single, “Ceremony,” penned primarily by Ian Curtis, was a U.K. Top 40 hit in spring 1981. Power, Corruption and Lies followed in 1983, as did the single “Blue Monday,” often seen as one of the most important crossover tracks of the 1980s music scene. As well as influencing a legion of bands, “Blue Monday” would come to be regarded as a crucial link between disco and dance/house music, and it established electronica as a force in popular music. The single was arguably the first British dance record to exhibit an obvious influence from the New York club scene, particularly the work of producers like Arthur Baker (who collaborated on New Order's follow-up single, "Confusion"). "Blue Monday" was a hit twice in 1983, initially reaching Number 12, then re-entering the chart later in the year and climbing to Number Nine. In 1988 it was officially remixed by Quincy Jones under the title "Blue Monday 88" and climbed to Number Three in the British charts. A further remix/reissue in 1995 made the British Top 20, which gave “Blue Monday” official status as the best-selling British 12-inch single of all time.
Throughout the Eighties and into the Nineties, New Order maintained their status as one of the most influential bands in the U.K. and around the world. Their second collaboration with Arthur Baker yielded 1984’s “Thieves Like Us.” Low Life was released in 1985. Their next album, 1986's Brotherhood, included the international hit “Bizarre Love Triangle.” Technique was released in 1989 and in summer 1990 the band reached Number One in the U.K. with “World In Motion,” the official anthem for the England World Cup Squad. The Nineties found the members of New Order working on various side projects – bassist Hook formed the groups Revenge and Monaco and produced cuts by the Manchester groups Inspiral Carpets and the Stone Roses. Sumner joined former Smiths’ guitarist Johnny Marr in the group Electronic and produced another Manchester band, Happy Mondays. Morris and Gilbert recorded an album under the name the Other Two. New Order released Get Ready in 2001, hitting the U.K. Top 10. A collaboration with the Chemical Brothers called “Here to Stay” appeared on the soundtrack of the motion picture 24 Hour Party People, which was a history of New Order’s record label, Factory Records. New Order’s most recent release is 2005’s Waiting for the Sirens’ Call.
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.
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