27 Jun 2014
Bernard Sumner - Chapter and Verse 
Chapter and Verse - New Order, Joy Division and Me

As announced way back in 2013, Bernard Sumner's autobiography finally has a publication date of 28 August 2014. The full title is 'Chapter and Verse [New Order, Joy Division and Me] and is on Bantam Press.

Barney said at the time: "Joy Division and New Order have both left quite a legacy but up until now I've been happy to let the music speak for itself. Somehow it feels like the right time to give my personal perspective both on my own life story and the many bands I've been in."

The book is available to pre-order now via Amazon.co.uk.

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

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