New Order feud reignites over launch of Joy Division Twitter account

Peter Hook says he should have been informed before former bandmates created account to promote their original group

Peter Hook is indignant after another snub from his former bandmates in New Order and Joy Division. The bassist was not consulted before the creation of Joy Division’s new, official Twitter account, @joydivision, which is being used to market merchandise for the defunct band.

The @joydivision account was set up by Bernard Sumner and the other administrators of New Order’s official Twitter account. “Just set up our new twitter page @joydivision,” they tweeted on Wednesday. “@neworder Thanks for telling me,” Hook replied. “As a member of @joydivision it would have been nice to have been informed.”

So far, the Joy Division account has only a handful of tweets to its name, most to promote a collection of Curtis’s lyrics and personal writings, So This is Permanence, which will be published by Faber & Faber on 16 October.

Hook was a member of Joy Division from their formation in 1977 (under the name Warsaw) through to their split in 1980, following the death of Ian Curtis, then playing with Sumner and the others in New Order until 2006. Hook and his former bandmates are now on very bad terms: both are separately performing New Order songs, volleying aggressive messages in tweets and interviews.

At the start of September, Hook mocked the band’s announcement they had signed to Mute with a tweet saying he was delighted “we’ve signed to Deaf Records! Or is it Daft?”. Earlier this year he described Sumner as a “twatto” and said the singer had “stolen” the band from him. Sumner has said that without Hook, the band are “happier, without a doubt”.

Last year, Hook published a memoir of his time in Joy Division. Another tome, revisiting his New Order years, is expected soon. Sumner’s own memoir, Chapter and Verse, is out this month; Hook recently tweeted a photo of himself reading it.

Sean Michaels

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