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Hooky wants Joy Division bin tapes

By | Published on Monday 2 September 2013

Peter Hook

Peter Hook has said he’d quite like to acquire those ‘lost’ Joy Division/New Order tapes (not least the original ‘Unknown Pleasures’ masters) which Julia Adamson, assistant to late Factory Records icon Martin Hannett, saved from a bin last month.

Denying Adamson’s claim that she’d tried to give the tapes back to Hook and his one-time Joy Division bandmates to no avail, Hooky has told Pitchfork he’s now in negotiations with her to lay hands on the tapes, which he thinks got misplaced when Factory Records dissolved in 1992.

His plan, he adds in the Pitchfork chat, is to make an ultimate compilation of alternate Joy Division mixes and outtakes. Though that’s a plan that would hinge on the approval of the rest of New Order, and given he’s still in a trademark dispute with them just now, that might be tricky in the short term.

Says Hook: “The problem at the moment is that [I’m] at loggerheads with New Order – I’m contesting their right to the trademark – so everything to do with Joy Division is stopped whilst that is sorted out”.