Musician, DJ, best selling author and all round top Salfordian, Peter Hook, is to be honoured this week by the University of Salford, which is to hand the legendary bass player an Honorary Doctorate of Arts at the University's graduation ceremony at The Lowry this Thursday, July 19th.
Hooky is to receive the honour in recognition of his 'services to rock music and the history of rock music', having not only stormed it with Joy Division, New Order, The Light, the Hacienda and as a DJ, but also having written three brilliant books about it all, spilling the beans, in a style that was like your mate gossiping down the pub.
"Peter Hook has had a huge influence on music and popular culture over the last four decades, as well as a proud Salfordian who continues to have a deep involvement in his home city" says Tim France, director of music at the University of Salford.
"Hook's bass playing instilled the importance of rhythm and melody in punk rock, inspiring a generation of dance-oriented new wave bands" he adds "Through New Order, Joy Division, Factory Records and The Hacienda he showed what artists can achieve if they are brave enough to take risks, and as an institution that encourages innovation we are delighted to welcome him as an honorary graduate."
Hooky himself is thrilled...
"As a very proud Salfordian, this is very much a personal pinnacle for me" says Hooky "I always looked on the University of Salford as a very special place, from my nights in the Student Union until Joy Division played the main hall, I always thought of it as a very special institution. To now be a part of it is incredibly humbling.
"Tony Wilson and Alan Wise always used to impress on me how underplayed Salford was in our region's musical history" he adds "I am very happy to used this occasion to prove how important Salford was and still is."
Sylvia's mother is also said to be made up with the honour for Dr Hook...
Main photo by Julien Lachaussťe