Joy Division’s Peter Hook Auctioning Off Memorabilia

Peter Hook plans to auction off his collection of Joy Division memorabilia on March 2.

“I’ve watched Ian Curtis’ house sell, and I’ve watched Ian Curtis’ kitchen table sell,” Hook explained to Rolling Stone about the reason why he is auctioning off his collection.

“People go nuts for it, and I’m like the king in his castle counting all his gold. It’s just quite odd really when you actually sit there thinking, ‘What the hell are you doing keeping hold of Joy Division?’ I realized that the relationship between us all was never gonna happen, and I was holding on to something for the wrong reason.”

The English rock band Joy Division was formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. The band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Hook and drummer Stephen Morris. Sumner and Hook formed the band after attending a Sex Pistols concert.

The band ended in 1980 after frontman Curtis died by suicide. The rest of the bandmembers then formed a new band under the name New Order.

Hook’s collection includes his first bass guitar, various amps and pedals used in Joy Division recordings, original typed lyrics, tour posters and itineraries, band correspondence, and Factory Records test pressings.

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