Published Oct 06, 2009Former New Order and Joy Division member Peter Hook likely just dropped a few points on his eBay profile, as the bassist has admitted that he's conned Joy Division enthusiasts by forging the late Ian Curtis's autograph.
In an interview with XFM, Hook explained that an autographed Joy Division record in a Manchester shop reminded him of his scam. "I did have a reputation for doing Ian Curtis's autograph for a long time," he said. "There's some guy who had An Ideal for Living and it was signed by all four members of the band and dated. I went in and said, 'Have you not noticed that the date is after Ian died?' It was me, I did them as a joke!"
Of course, the joke perhaps isn't so funny, especially for those who have shelled out big money for Joy Division memorabilia. "It was up there for £200, so my name is now mud among collectors," Hook said.