Peter Hook

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August 19, 2022

Peter Woodhead, known as Peter Hook (born 13 February 1956), is a British bassist and singer. Best known as the bassist of the Joy Division band, a group in which he played from 1977 until 1980 and subsequently of the New Order between 1980 and 2007. In 2010 he founded Peter Hook and The Light, a band with which he plays the best hits of Joy Division and New Order.

Biography

Born in Salford, Lancashire in 1956, he attended the Salford Grammar School and then worked for a few years in Manchester City Hall. In 1977 he founded Joy Division together with Bernard Sumner, of which he was the bassist until the breakup of the group, which occurred in 1980 following the suicide of singer Ian Curtis. In 1981, together with the surviving members of the group, he founded New Order, and remained there until 2007 when internal differences led him to announce the end of the band. Meanwhile he had been the founder of two other parallel project groups, the Revenge (1989-1991) and the Monaco (1997-2001); with the latter he achieved some commercial success in 1997 thanks to the single What Do You Want From Me ?. In 2010 he founded his own band, Peter Hook and The Light, of which he is the singer and bassist, playing songs by Joy Division and New Order. The group made its debut on May 18 of the same year in a concert in Manchester dedicated to Ian Curtis on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of his death. On 29 January 2013 he published the book Unknown Pleasures-Inside Joy Division published in Italy in 2014 as Joy Division-The whole story where he tells his childhood, the birth and evolution of Joy Division until the death of Ian Curtis. He is known for his distinctive musical style, which has inspired countless Alternative rock, Post-punk and New wave bassists.

Privacy

He had two children with his partner Iris Bates. In 1994, he married comedian Caroline Aherne, but the marriage ended in 1996. He later married Rebecca Jones, with whom he had a daughter.

Discography

With Joy Division

Studio album 1979 - Unknown Pleasures 1980 - CloserEP 1978 - An Ideal for Living 1986 - The Peel Sessions 1987 - The Peel SessionsLive 1999 - Preston February 28, 1980 2001 - Les Bains Douches 2001 - Fractured Box 2004 - Re-fractured BoxCollections 1981 - Still 1988 - Substance 1990 - The Peel Sessions 1994 - Warsaw 1995 - Permanent 1997 - Heart and Soul 2000 - Joy Division The Complete BBC Recordings 2007 - Martin Hannett's Personal Mixes 2007 - Let the Movie Begin 2008 - The Best of Joy Division 2010 - Singles 1978-80 2011 - Total: From Joy Division to New Order Single 1979 - Transmission 1980 - Licht und Blindheit 1980 - Komakino 1980 - Love Will Tear Us Apart 1980 - Atmosphere / she She she's Lost Control 1988 - Atmosphere

With New Order

Studio album 1981 - Movement 1983 - Power, Corruption and Lies 1985 - Low-Life 1986 - Brotherhood 1989 - Technique 1993 - Republic 2001 - Get Ready 2005 - Waiting for the Sirens' CallLive 1990 - The Peel Sessions (BBC Radio 1 session) 1992 - BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert (live) 2002 - Before & After - The BBC Sessions (session radio) 2004 - In Session (session BBC Radio 1) 2005 - Best Remixes (remix) 2007 - iTunes Originals - New Order (digital only) 2011 - Total: From Joy Division to New Order (collection which also includes Joy Division tracks) 2011 - Live at the London Troxy (live) 2013 - Live at Bestival 2012 (live) Collections 1987 - Substance 1994 - The Best of New Order 1995 - The Rest of New Order (Remixes) 2002 - International 2002 - Retro 2005 - SinglesSingles 1981 - Ceremony 1981 - Procession 1981 - Everything's Gone Green 1982 - Temptation 1983 - Blue Monday 1983 - Confusion 1984 - Thieves Like Us 1984 - Murder 1985 - The Perfect Kiss 1985 - Sub-culture 1986 - Shellshock 1986 - State of the Nation 1986 - Bizarre Love Triangle 1987 - True Faith 1987 - Touched by the Hand of God 1988 - Blue Mond