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Chapter and Verse - New Order, Joy Division and Me [Format Kindle]

Bernard Sumner

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"Contains poignantly rendered family tragedies, told with warm humour and without self-pity... As well as showing a life saved and made by rock'n'roll, it illustrates someone almost effortlessly negotiating the rapids of success and stardom, armed only with street smarts and laconic Manc wit... A must for Joy Division and New Order fans'" (Irvine Welsh Esquire)

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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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3.0 étoiles sur 5 I would rather recommend Peter Hook's book, as more detailed and fun to read 21 octobre 2014
Par Daniel R. - Publié sur
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Comparing with Hooky's recent book, Barney's book is not as good. Hooky's stories are much more readable and enjoyable,
as far as story of Joy Division goes. Barney talks most likely about himself, and his family. A lot of personal information (that's good and interesting), especially given that Barney was always more private person (compared to Hook), but much less info about e.g. his band mates. He doesn't really say much what he thinks about Hook, Curtis or Morris. One can say that his book is more 'politically correct' than Hook's book, but also less fun.
All in all, I would recommend Peter Hook's book, as more personal, detailed and fun to read.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 or as it's noted here - Divided Joy? - is a fun book to read but ... 2 novembre 2014
Par crunkyteen - Publié sur
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Bernard Sumner's Chapter and Verse, or as it's noted here - Divided Joy? - is a fun book to read but one comes away from it with the unsatisfying feeling that Sumner is as much a cypher as ever. His recollections of his youthful adventures seem pallid and at times, unconvincing when compared to his ex-compatriot Peter Hook's own memoir (the much, much more detailed Unknown Pleasures). The best parts of this book revolve around Bernard's childhood in 50s and 60s-era Salford. Unfortunately accounts of his actual time with Joy Division and New Order are almost glossed over and he ends the book basically trying to convince us - or maybe himself - that he's having the time of his life with the current touring line-up of New Order.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Introspective, Selective, but a Good Read 30 octobre 2014
Par John S - Publié sur
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I would have never expected an autobiography from Bernard Sumner. And I'm sure, if it weren't for Peter Hook's recent venture into literature, that might still be a very faint possibility. In his book Bernard explains that, at last, he wants to share his personal experiences that provided the foundation for his music, in order for us to get a better understanding of it. I'm not so sure about that premise: we enjoy this or that music through our own experiences, which most likely are completely different from those of the musicians, and thus irrelevant. Anyway, it was kinda scary to be invited into a singer's brain, especially when that person has been famously reluctant to share his private life. So let's go over a few things: substance and form.

Ever since I read "Raise The Pressure", I knew the lad could write (prose, that is). There's this misconception that talented people of art can sit down and write as well. But poets often turn out to be bad prose writers (and prose writers in most cases are awful poets). I remember being let down by Mark E. Smith's autobiography that felt like it was written with alcohol rather than ink. Bernard, on other hand, delivered. His clear, well-constructed, at times very eloquent--but at times repetitious as well--paragraphs and coherent narration make a pleasant, easy reading. That's important, as there is no co-writer involved (and it'd be safe to assume, no ghost writer either).

Content. The book itself is a beautiful journey from the cobbled streets of Victorian Salford to driving a Mercedes, Elvis style. That Bernard could be a jerk, I suspected, but here he explains why he had to be one: who else would program all these computers to make bearable music? Who else would stop touring to recover from Pernod? Who else would take a grip of Rob Gretton--who was about to throw the band's money into the Hacienda pit of hell? Exactly.

Be aware that Bernard's book is very introspective, so it's rather selective and a lot of things are either left out or, on the contrary, given a disproportionally great detail. For example, a quarter of the book is about his childhood, where he depicts the difficult relationship with his mother, a lot of illness in his family and hopeless school environment; all that must have had a gripping hold over his formative years and it's no wonder that he went off the hook in the 1980s, to reclaim his adolescence, never minding the price of his newly found hedonism. Although Bernard does describe different methodologies of his music writing in Joy Division and in New Order, there's not much background provided for specific songs; he goes at length about recording "Blue Monday", "Confusion" and "World in Motion", and goes on record to explain why he would never be tired of singing "Temptation" -- but that's it. Such important albums as "Power, Corruption & Lies", "Low-life" and "Brotherhood" are completely ignored. There are people who can always tell you precisely when this or that happened; Bernard is not one of them -- dates are not part of his mental landscape (unlike Peter Hook who kept a good track of time in his books).

As far as Peter Hook is concerned, Bernard dedicates numerous pages to his former bandmate, giving us, at last, his side of the story of Hooky's departure. It's also very interesting to learn his vision of the whole Hacienda thing (and compare it with Hooky's memoirs). The most intriguing figure in the book, besides the author, is manager Rob Gretton. Bernard describes him with a lot of respect, yet he finds room to share his eccentric nature (like a story about Rob reading NME from cover to cover to Bernard while the latter was trying to sleep). The most bizarre part in the book is the appendix that includes the complete transcript of the hypnotic session with Ian Curtis held a few weeks before his death.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good insight into the music process behind the bands 16 février 2015
Par A. Price - Publié sur
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The book provides a brief biographical history of the author and spends a lot of time on Joy Division and the beginnings of New Order. It only glances through the last couple of decades. One thing I appreciated is how much thought is put into his songwriting process and how the Joy Division/New Order sound was developed (ex: a lot of discussion about equipment and their do-it-yourself ethic). That's in stark contrast to Morrisey's autobiography, for example, where he doesn't talk about songwriting at all and instead focuses on the industry. Overall, as a fan, I found it an enjoyable and fascinating read. Not super deep, but enough to teach me a lot more about the author and the band. I'm not sure it would be much fun for non-Joy Division/New Order fans.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 I've read a lot of books on Joy Division, Factory and New Order in the last ... 9 mai 2015
Par Choliux - Publié sur
I've read a lot of books on Joy Division, Factory and New Order in the last 20 years or so. I was thrilled to get this because as someone else mentioned, I never expected Barney to write one.

I was underwhelmed with the writing style and content. Not much new here if you are a fan of the band.

With that said, Barney "sounds" happy and that's great. Looking forward to the new album
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