‘Drummers, Stephen, they all end up taking morphine and drinking absinthe. You don’t want to end up like that do you?’ Fatherly advice received by New Order drummer Stephen Morris, who has become the third member of the band to produce an autobiography. Actually though, this entertaining dual narrative is as much a childhood recollection of coming of age as it is rock star memoir. Morris seems a very likeable, self-deprecating character with a wry and dry sense of humour. His affable and engaging reminiscences of growing up in Macclesfield in the sixties and seventies make up the first part of this book, and he’s obviously someone who doesn’t take himself too seriously, recounting tales of schooldays, family life and working (in the loosest sense of the word!) for his father’s business. The second part deals with his introduction to the world of music and bands, first with Warsaw, then mutating into Joy Division and finally, in the closing chapters, New Order. Along the way, there are some very poignant memories of Ian Curtis and his gradual disintegration as the band were on the cusp of major success, as well as interesting insights into the recording process itself and the equipment he used.. This is a very thoughtful book (it’s even accompanied by its own Spotify playlist), written in a conversational tone that draws you in, and the story will continue and conclude in the next volume, scheduled for 2020.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Rock biogs, previous Joy Division/New Order books.
One thing you’ve learned
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