“Hammer of the Gods for people who wear anoraks”

Peter Hook (ex Joy Division, ex New Order) is one of the real characters in the music world – renowned for his dry wit and distinctive bass sound.  I’ve been waiting for his book about the famous music venue The Hacienda and was a mite disappointed when my hold on the library’s copy was cancelled.

But, as there often is,  there was a story behind this cancelled reserve. The story, as I found out from music website Pitchfork,  is Peter Hook’s  book is possibly too hot for the presses. The defamation issues described reveal some very Spinal Tap moments :

How can the author prove this about the xxxxxxx? Particularly, how is it proved that they wanted a pirate ship built at this cost and that they cost this amount of money? I am not sure one can say literally about six people turned up when it seems from the appendix it was 190. I would suggest changing to something more along the lines of “pitifully few turned up” and I would also suggest taking out “we were pillaged by bloody pirates”. May not xxxxxx complain about the reference to his stash

So let’s hope it Hooky’s book does make it to the presses.

In the meantime all you ‘anoraks’ can console yourself with:

One thought on ““Hammer of the Gods for people who wear anoraks”

  1. Michael A 7 July 2009 / 8:21 am

    I vividly remember my first hearing of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” – it was not love at first listen but I felt something momentous had changed. Love grew. “Closer” came – we bonded for life. The music still sounds fresh and disturbing even now. Highly recommend the biopic “Control” for a brief look at the Manchester scene and, of course, the band and Ian Curtis.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s