Bernard Sumner: Confusion by David Nolan

Sumner occasionally interjects to clarify or correct what former acquaintances have to say about him - ""Sumner: That's just not true. Never happened"".

Book Review by Ally Brown | 07 Nov 2007
  • Bernard Sumner: Confusion
Book title: Bernard Sumner: Confusion
Author: David Nolan

Bernard Sumner has never been the most media-friendly of musicians, which means it's easy to forget just how important he has been to the last 30 years of music. David Nolan's new biography on the Joy Division guitarist who went on to lead New Order reminds you of his impact: from Love Will Tear Us Apart to Blue Monday and everything in-between and after, indie-rock would look very different without Sumner's input. He has input into Confusion too: although it's not an authorised biography, Sumner occasionally interjects to clarify or correct what former acquaintances have to say about him - "Sumner: That's just not true. Never happened". That makes for an interesting collage of different viewpoints where the reader wonders where the truth really lies. It also provides as much of an insight into Sumner's personality, through his sharp rebukes and explanations, as has ever been seen. With Nolan's in-depth research and casual, almost conversational prose, and Confusion's impressively up-to-date conclusion, it makes for as comprehensive and readable a biography of the man as any post-punk or indie-dance fan could hope for. [Ally Broon]

Out now. Published by Independent Music Press. Cover Price £12.99 Hardback