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Hooleygan: Music, Mayhem, Good Vibrations

Hooleygan: Music, Mayhem, Good Vibrations [Kindle Edition]

Terri Hooley , Richard Sullivan
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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I designed my own tartan bondage trousers, wore upside crosses on torn-up school blazers and yomped around Belfast city centre with a gang of young punks (who came from every background, loyalist, republican, Catholic, Protestant, anarchist, socialist) all the way up to Terri's Good Vibrations store on Saturdays. --Henry McDonald, The Guardian

a radical, rebel, and music lover who took on not only the musical establishment but also the paramilitaries --Hotpress

a roller-coaster run-through of Terri s life as one of Northern Ireland s best-known, much-loved and much-frowned upon cultural agitators --Irish Times

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An influential music promoter and producer, and founder of the legendary Good Vibrations record label, Terri Hooley is the undisputed Godfather of Punk. His life has been as colourful and extraordinary as the man himself.

Told here for the first time, Hooleygan is Terri’s own no-holds-barred account of his career in the music industry – a career that began in 1978 when he opened an independent record store in Belfast and that took him from the highs of working with John Peel and bands such as The Undertones, to the lows of bankruptcy and arson.

The rest of Terri’s story is the stuff of myth and legend – volatile encounters with the mainstream music industry; run-ins with Bob Dylan and John Lennon; drinking sessions with Phil Lynott; clashes with paramilitaries and racketeers; and a tireless commitment to local bands and music.

With 50 illustrations, including some posters, flyers and memorabilia from the seventies and eighties, and containing contributions from, amongst others, David Holmes, John O’Neill of The Undertones, and Gary Lightbody and Jonny Quinn of Snow Patrol, Hooleygan is an irreverent, funny and in-your-face account of punk, paramilitaries and the music business.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5346 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstaff Press (6 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for fans if independents 25 Aug 2013
By korova
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Well worth reading if you enjoy books about the indie record label/shop scene, and NI punk and new wave in particular. Terry's book is a story of one mans resilience and determination to set up a shop and label despite the pressures going on around him. Inspirational!
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Terri Hooley manages to capture something in this book that's indefinable - music, of course, and amazing music, but also Belfast itself and a sense of his own character and his passion. His story's totally unique and you can only hugely admire him having forged a real sort of magic out of nothing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of the grandfather of Ulster punk 26 Jun 2014
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At a time when a band from Manchester couldn't get signed by the Londoncentric record companies what chance did the bands in (war torn) Belfast have of getting a bit of vinyl out? This is the story of how an old hippy embraced the punk scene, broke down the barriers & whilst the Pistols sang about anarchy, the Clash burned down London, Terri made sure the music wasn't lost whilst Belfast had a riot of it's own
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic 2 April 2014
By Julius
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Terry with his own small label produced an impressive number of classic pop singles , thrilled to read his personal life story
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