New Order rocker Bernard Sumner has promised to give fans a "vivid and illuminating" account of his life's ups and downs in his first autobiography. The British singer has confirmed the release of Chapter And Verse (New Order, Joy Division And Me), which will detail his upbringing in Salford, Manchester, and tell all about his time in Joy Division and the 1980 suicide of frontman Ian Curtis, the formation of New Order and his bitter fall out with bandmate Peter Hook, who quit the group in 2007.
He will also share stories behind tracks like Blue Monday and about Manchester's legendary club venue the Hacienda.
A press release about the book reads: "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."
The memoir will go on sale in September (14).
Hook has previously penned two of his own autobiographies, 2009's How Not to Run a Nightclub and 2013's Unknown Pleasures, but he has held off writing about his time with New Order because "there's so much bitterness". He added, "You don't want it to become a b**chfest."
Joy Division stars Sumner, Hook and Stephen Morris formed New Order in 1980 following Curtis' death.
Annik Honore, the girlfriend of tragic Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, has died after a long illness, according to French reports. Curtis' former bandmate Peter Hook also announced the sad news during a concert in Nottingham, England on Thursday night (03Jul14).
Honore, 56, was said to be the woman who inspired Joy Division's seminal song Love Will Tear Us Apart.
She always maintained her romance with the British singer was "childish" and "platonic", insisting Curtis never cheated on his wife Deborah with her.
Ian Curtis committed suicide in May, 1980 at the age of 23.
Actor Sam Riley turned his back on his dreams to become a rock star after one critic suggested his band was perhaps the worst in Britain. The 34 year old and his brother George formed British band 10,000 Things, and the siblings felt sure they had made it big when they landed a record deal in 2003, but the critics hated them and the band was dropped after one scathing review.
Riley, who is about to appear on the big screen as Angelina Jolie's sidekick in Maleficent, says, "I really wanted to be a rock star. I did that for five or six years and then we got one of the worst reviews of all time in the New Musical Express. The review was bad enough that they (record label bosses) dropped us within two weeks of the review.
"We were touted as the worst band in Britain. I know who wrote it; I can still remember his name!"
The bad review prompted Riley to hunt down an agent who once offered him encouragement as an actor.
He adds, "I did National Youth theatre as a summer course when I was 17. Then I did a play when I was 19, replacing the lead actor in London and Paris for some weeks. I got an agent who saw me do that play and then I told her I didn't want to be an actor, I wanted to be a rock star.
"After we were dropped I rang this agent up and the first thing she sent me for was to play a singer in (the film) Control!"
Riley landed the role of tragic Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in the film, and he has since made a handful of other films.
Oscar-nominated moviemaker Mark Gill is working on a big-screen biopic of outspoken rocker Morrissey. The Voorman Problem director plans to chart the childhood and pre-fame years of the former The Smiths frontman in the movie, which has the working title 'Steven', the singer's first name.
Few details of the project are available and it is not known if any actor has yet been cast as the singer, but Gill is planning to start shooting the biopic at the end of this year (14), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Producers of the planned movie include Orian Williams, who has previously worked on Control, the story of tragic Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, and is also producing a biopic of The Who's manager Kit Lambert.
The former members of Welsh rockers Lostprophets are working on new music under a different name following the child abuse conviction of frontman Ian Watkins. The Streets of Nowhere hitmakers split in October (13), shortly before Watkins pleaded guilty to a string of sickening sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby, telling fans they could "no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets".
The singer was jailed for 35 years in December (13), and now the remaining members of the band - Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson - have reunited to start anew.
They have teamed up with ex-Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly to record new music for his Collect Records company, although he is only working with them as their label boss.
Discussing the new project, he says, "I think if ever there was a group of people that needed a second chance, it's those guys - and they're going to take full advantage of it. People don't really think of what happens to the other members. That took away their life. What happened is just devastating for them.
"It's been my honour to work with them on their new band from a label perspective. People are not going to know what hit them when the new band comes out. It's like everything I grew up on: a little bit of New Order, a little bit of Joy Division, little bit of The Cure. It's just so forward-thinking."
The name of the new group has yet to be announced.
A number of partygoers have been hospitalised following a ceiling collapse at a nightclub based in the former headquarters of Britain's fabled Factory Records. Seven revellers were taken to hospital following the incident in Manchester, England in the early hours of Friday morning (07Feb14).
The Factory 251 venue, based in the former headquarters of iconic record label, was evacuated after the second floor ceiling caved in.
The clubbers who were hospitalised - four men and three women - are not believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.
Factory Records was once home to bands including Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays, and the label inspired 2002 film 24 Hour Party People.
Blondie are to be honoured with the Godlike Genius Award at this year's NME Awards. Debbie Harry and her bandmates will pick up the award in person and also perform at the NME Awards 2014 at the O2 Academy in London on 26 February (14).
Harry says, "It's out of proportion, but it's nice to be recognised. It's outstanding, really... I also find it particularly interesting that there aren't many Americans who've been given this award before, so that's flattering."
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame act is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Previous recipients of NME's Godlike Genius Award include The Clash, Paul Weller, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers, New Order & Joy Division, Dave Grohl and Noel Gallagher. Former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr won it last year (13).
Rockers Joy Division have criticised the "distasteful" sale of a table from the kitchen where the band's tragic singer Ian Curtis hanged himself in 1980. The wooden table is going under the hammer on eBay.com, but the sale has attracted criticism due to the item's macabre history as it came from the room where Curtis committed suicide at a house in Macclesfield, England.
The star's former bandmates Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris have now released a statement slamming the auction on behalf of Curtis' widow, Deborah, and his daughter, Natalie.
The band tells NME, "Joy Division original members Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris would like to lend their voice of support to Deborah and Natalie Curtis, who have been caused great distress over media reporting of the sale of the table originally owned by the family, and currently being auctioned on eBay.
"Deborah and Natalie would like to point out that the sale of this table has nothing whatsoever to do with them. The table was sold along with the house in 1980 and Natalie has never signed any authentication document. Furthermore, they consider the sale of a personal family item, and the subsequent media reporting, to be distasteful and upsetting."
The man selling the table, Tel Harrop, has apologised for causing distress to Curtis' family, but insists he can't change the table's history.
He says, "I can’t turn the table on the table story. I’m upset the way it's gone but I didn’t put it on for the money, I just did it for good intentions. I want the sale to end now because it's all got out of hand."
The lot had attracted a bid of $12,150 (£8,100) as WENN went to press.
The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess formed a rock supergroup with members of New Order, Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines and The Pretenders on Friday (18Oct13) to pay tribute to his late bandmate Jon Brookes. The gig at London's Royal Albert Hall boasted performances by Liam Gallagher, Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield, and the surviving members of The Charlatans, but it was an early set by Tim & Friends which got fans chatting excitedly as Burgess recruited New Order's Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, Winston Marshall from Mumford & Sons, Freddie Cowan and Arni Arnason of The Vaccines and James Walbourn from The Pretenders to join him onstage for a special jam session.
Explaining how the supergroup line-up came together, Burgess told the audience, "I asked The Vaccines, but the singer was on holiday. I asked New Order, but the singer was on holiday. That wasn't going to stop us, so I said I'd sing."
The band covered New Order's Love Vigilantes and The Vaccines' Melody Calling, before wrapping up with Joy Division tune Love Will Tear Us Apart.
Burgess later returned to the spotlight to play with The Charlatans, and they had a special guest stepping in for Brookes - former The Verve drummer Pete Salisbury.
Speaking before the gig, bassist Martin Blunt told NME.com, "There was a tour when Jon was ill and wasn't going to be able to play. We asked who he wanted to replace him, and his first choice was Pete Salisbury."
Brookes, a founding member of the band, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010 and although he initially recovered enough to rejoin the band, he relapsed and died of brain cancer in August (13), aged 44.