By bernard sumner

Chapter and verse: new order, joy division and me

Bernard had first got in touch a few years ago after he’d read and enjoyed Attention All Shipping and since then we’ve become good friends. Hence I was delighted and honoured when he asked me if I’d help him write his autobiography.

As will be evident when you read the book, Bernard is a very intelligent, modest, funny, warm, honest and articulate man with an incredible story to tell, which made my role about as straightforward as I could have hoped beyond just pouring the drinks and, well, drinking them.

Here’s the official lowdown:

Founding member and guitarist of Joy Division and the lead singer of New Order, Bernard Sumner has been famous over the years for his reticence. Until now. An integral part of the Manchester music scene since the late 1970s, his is the definitive version of the events that created two of the most influential bands of all time.

Chapter and Verse includes 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 colourful 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.


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