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Chapter and Verse

Chapter and Verse

New Order, Joy Division and Me

Bernard Sumner

Thomas Dunne Books


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, UK, 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 Sumner's childhood, the early days of Joy Division, the band's enormous critical and popular success, and the subsequent tragic death of Ian Curtis. Sumner describes the formation of New Order, takes us behind the scenes at the birth of classics such as "Blue Monday," and gives his firsthand 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 colorful 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.

Praise for Chapter and Verse

"Sumner's tell-all is the one we've been waiting for." —Esquire

“No one is better positioned to tell this story than Sumner, the guitarist who shifted sideways into Curtis' role as singer and who became the primary motivator in the shift into the electronic dance music that has made New Order a popular mainstay. ... Given the author's previous reticence, fans of both bands will find this memoir revelatory.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A must for Joy Division and New Order fans.” —Irvine Welsh

"[Chapter and Verse] has the mild-­mannered charms of Sumner’s vocals." —Rob Sheffield, The New York Times Book Review

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Bernard Sumner was a founding member of Joy Division and, after the death of Ian Curtis in 1980, became lead singer and guitarist of New Order.

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