Stephen Morris has had an illustrious career spanning over 30 years, as a pivotal member of Joy Division and New Order with his trademark machine-like drumming. After the death of the band’s singer, Ian Curtis, in 1980, Joy Division went on to form New Order, with the recruitment of Stephen's wife, Gillian Gilbert, to become one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the eighties. The band were the flagship signing for Tony Wilson’s Factory Records, and alongside him, bought the infamous Hacienda nightclub, the centre of the acid house movement. New Order are back with their first album in ten years, which charted at Number 2 (their highest position in over 20 years) in the first week of release.
Stephen is writing his first book. Record Play Pause won't be that typical music autobiography, which tends to be high on mischief and low on the music. Part memoir, part aural history, it will be a hybrid memoir in Stephen's wry and witty voice. Stephen will weave a dual narrative of growing up in the North West during the 1970s with how the music actually works. It will also explore what it is to be part of a mythologised band and the idea of what you do becoming who you are. Little Brown will publish it in May 2019.