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The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club [Kindle Edition]

Peter Hook
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Book Description

Legendary musician Peter Hook tells the whole story - the fun, the music, the vast loss of money, the legacy - of Manchester's most iconic nightclub

Peter Hook, as co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, has been shaping the course of popular music for thirty years. He provided the propulsive bass guitar melodies of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and the bestselling 12-inch single ever, 'Blue Monday' among many other songs. As co-owner of Manchester's Hacienda club, Hook propelled the rise of acid house in the late 1980s, then suffered through its violent fall in the 1990s as gangs, drugs, greed and a hostile police force destroyed everything he and his friends had created. This is his memory of that era and 'it's far sadder, funnier, scarier and stranger' than anyone has imagined.

As young and naive musicians, the members of New Order were thrilled when their record label Factory opened a club. Yet as their career escalated, they toured the world and had top ten hits, their royalties were being ploughed into the Hacienda and they were only being paid £20 per week. Peter Hook looked back at that exciting and hilarious time to write HACIENDA. All the main characters appear - Tony Wilson, Barney, Shaun Ryder - and Hook tells it like it was - a rollercoaster of success, money, confusion and true faith.

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'Founder of Joy Division, and former bassist with New Order, Peter Hook lets off some steam about music piracy' List 24/9 'A testosterone-scented transcript of ripping yarns, the addition of a year-by-year listings diary, company accounts and excerpts from board meetings supply valuable historical ballast...there's much fun to be had within -- much like the Hacienda itself' 'Q' magazine November issue 'Chiming perfectly with the nation's twin fears of urban violence and monetary collapse, this book should become a cautionary tale of modern times' 5 stars, Mojo magazine November issue 'The Hacienda was, as Hook says, in many ways the perfect example of how not to run a club -- if you view a night-club as a money-making business. But if, like the baggy trousered philanthropists Factory, you see it as an altruistic gift to your hometown and a breeding ground for the next generation of youth culture, it was, accidentally, purposefully, shambolically, anarchically, thrillingly, scarily, inspirationally, perfect' Observer 27/9 'Hook himself is revealed as a born anecdotalist, firing off quips, pithy asides and self-lacerating mea culpas like a scatter-gun. The sections that interweave his narrative -- DJ playlists, club nights, minutes of board meetings, pie-in-the-sky company accounts, a roll call of artists, including Madonna, who appeared at the club -- are often revealing or evocative, but it is the author's own voice that makes the book such a compelling read' The Sunday Times 27/9 'Peter Hook's memoir The Hacienda -- How Not To Run A Club is a hugely candid work' Word magazine November issue 'Had The Hacienda not been run by a bunch of 'madchester' chancers, it wouldn't have been the club it was; nor would Hook's account be half as riveting' Time Out 8/10 'Hooky, as he is known by all and sundry, is 53 years old, a former addict and alcoholic (he doesn't use the word "former"), a one-time member of not one but two of the most important bands of the last 30 years, current member of indie supergroup Freebass and latterly an author. He has written a memoir of the club which cost him and his fellow members of New Order millions' Glasgow Herald 3/10 'Hook reckons he's lucky to have survived the bullets, the booze and the ecstasy and it's our good fortune that he's written this book, a worthy addition to the archives of glorious rock follies, recounted with candour, humour and gob-smacking detail' Scotland on Sunday 4/10 'Lauren Laverne uplugged' 'This fine tome (..set in a club -- THE club, in fact)' Grazia 12/10 'New Order's Peter Hook tells the insider's story, giving us a front row seat for one of the most fascinating episodes in music's history' News of the World 4/10 'Hook, who split from New Order three years ago, is about to tell his version of the club' chequered story in a book, ruefully entitled The Hacienda: How not To Run a Club. In it, he reveals just how disastrous their investment was. Its pages catalogue their collective folly: account-sheets made up of minus signs; minutes from marijuana-blurred board meetings: myriad anecdotes of fraud and theft: lashings of drugs and violence. It is a cautionary tale, not for the timid' Daily Telegraph 3/10 'The Joy Division co-founder has sorted through the maelstrom of stories and hearsay surrounding the now iconic club to produce a biographical account of how spectacularly bad they all were at managing the finances -- but brilliant at creating a music scene' Shortlist 15/10 'It was the party to end all parties -- 14 years of hedonism and debauchery which revolutionised nightlife in Britain forever, created acid house and the concept of clubbing as we know it. The Hacienda not only transformed Manchester but had a phenomenal impact on the UKL as a whole, an impact which continues to shape our social lives today' Scottish Daily Record 30/9 'More fiscal farce in Peter Hook's The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club. The bass player with Joy Division and New Order, Hook tells a cautionary tale of how the creative chaos that generated musical highs also led to a massive monetary hangover when he and his pals opened a nightclub in the late Eighties' Telegraph 28/11 'It's to Hook's admirable credit that he can reflect on the 15 years when The Hacienda lurched from disaster to disaster, via calamity and catastrophe, with only modest rancour and a great deal of gallows humour' Uncut magazine, Jan issue 'Peter Hook's book lifts the lid on the true story behind the legendary Manchester club that brought acid-house music to the north and changed the face of UK clubbing forever. It's not the first book to describe the exploits at the Whitworth Street club, but as a co-owner of the iconic venue, Hooky's memoir offers a real insight into what actually happened from its conception in 1982 to when the shutters came down for good in 1997. New Order have often described the club as a millstone around their necks -- here the band's bass player reveals the true weight of that millstone in his own inimitable, down-to-earth style' 'Gifts to take note of', Independent 4/12 'New Order's bass player tells a ripping yarn of Manchester's most famous club, a chaotic institution nominally owned by Hook's old band. The title is unironic: in its 15-year existence from 1982 to 1997, "the Hac" lost GBP3m' 'Books of the Year', The Sunday Times 6/12 'The Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club by Peter Hook, is a memoir by the erstwhile New Order bassist, in which he offers up a delightfully pungent, occasionally depressing, generally very funny insider's account of the notorious venue owned by the band' 'Books for Music fans this Christmas', Metro 10/12 'Along the way, there are miserable gigs, gangs and run-ins with the police. What there isn't is anyone with any idea of how to run a business. Still, as Hook concludes, "If you're going to waste an opportunity there are a few important things to remember. Do it in style. Do it in public. And, above all, do it in Manchester."' 'This year's crop of music books', Independent on Sunday 13/12 'There are many sharply drawn vignettes in Hook's entertaining memoir about the rise, triumph and collapse of the Hacienda club in Manchester. Hook, co-owner of the business and bass-player with Joy Division and New Order, is revealed as a born anecdotalist, firing off quips and self-lacerating mea culpas like a scatter-gun... An engaging and often hilarious character' Sunday Times 3/10 'Saturated with gleeful hedonism, Hook's memoir includes frank admissions of eye-popping commercial ineptitude, which gives the book a restless energy' FT, 9/10 'In the Eighties the Manchester club played host to the Smiths and the Stone Roses. But it all went terribly wrong, as Peter Hook shows' Daily Telegraph 9/10

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Signed & numbered hand bound limited edition of 400 copies including:

extra material not included in the first edition;
an exclusive 10 inch record;
a piece of the original Hacienda dancefloor rescued from the club by Hooky;
photographs of rare memorabilia and more.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rivetting read from start to finish! 24 Sept. 2009
Fac 51 - The Hacienda - How Not To Run A Club - Peter Hook

The Hacienda - several things spring to mind when the name is mentioned - gangsters , guns, drugs, violence , acid house - we've heard it all before ..... Or have we?

Peter Hook, bass player in Joy Division / New Order and co-owner of the Hacienda candidly tells the story of Manchester's most iconic super club from its inception to its closure .

Hooky gives a unique insight into the heady days of club culture in Manchester. From the Ben Kelly design which went five times over budget, to police interference ,monotonous weekly management meetings and the financial nightmare that the Hacienda became. As if we wouldn't expect any less, Hooky writes the book in his typical trademark tongue in cheek fashion. Hooky's direct, tell it as it is, approach grips the reader from the start to finish. While it becomes clear throughout the book that none of those involved had any idea of how to run a successful club or bar, the excitement felt at being involved in the ever evolving music scene is evident through Hooky's enthusiastic descriptions and anecdotes.

A chapter is devoted to each year the Hacienda was open and includes 16 illustrated pictures of the Hacienda inside and out, posters, flyers and even a rare picture of the enigma, Alan Erasmus. The "What's On" section from each year lists the events that took place every month and will take many people back and jog memories for the ones who had forgotten they were there! Excerpts from the company accounts and committee meetings are also provided for each year, illustrating the costs involved and the difficulties faced financially.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Hook's memoir 30 Oct. 2009
An excellent new view on an already familiar tale. Tony Wilson has given his perspective.
Now Hooky gives us a warts and all run through of the 14 years that most of the money
made by New Order was ploughed into the black hole which was the Hacienda. Essential reading
for all prospective club owners and historians of modern Manchester. He had a lot of fun
but it cost him. Well written and full of anecdotes which I had never heard before.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How Not To Run A Club - But How To Write A Book 21 April 2010
I've never been to the Hacienda - not even been to Manchester.
Anayway, as a long time German New Order fan, I took a great deal of interest in everything, the band was doing.
I always was more a Barney fan than a Hooky follower - but... "How Not To Run A Club" changed that quite a bit.
Hooky tells the story of the Hacienda from his point of view: He tells the ups and downs and even more downs and the many maistakes and misfortunes the Hac and especially New Order and he himself were involved in.
The writig is funnny and ironic, written from a knowing and distant perspective. The story Hooky tells is exciting and funny, sometimes sad. I would have prefered more New Order insider stories - the Ibiza interlude and its Rock'n Roll anecdotes are very entertaining - but well, its all about the club, isn't it? "How Not To Run A Club" is a book about idealism, friendship and loyalty, loss and things falling apart - and, after all, music and lust for life.
The playlists and pictures give more information abou the Hacs unique history and make me even more regret that I've never been there.
Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read 4 Dec. 2009
Startlingly honest, takes you right into the seedy, sweaty, smoke filled, drug fueled heart of the Hacienda. Made me wish that I had had the balls to go there when I was a daft lad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable, and a little shocking 28 Jan. 2010
Although I've lived and worked in and around Manchester for all my life and was born at the start of the 1970s I never went to the Hacienda, and I only found out where it was after it closed. After reading the book I confess I felt glad that I never went to the Hac' after all as some of the stories told here are certainly eye-openers.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable read. From start to finish I found myself laughing, tutting, and shaking my head in dismay as it becomes clear that the management didn't have a clue about how to run a night club. From money being kept in a filing cabinet as the combination for the safe was changed so frequently it was often forgotten, to indoor fireworks setting the night's takings alight, it's basically one long catastrophe, and I could only wonder how on earth the place kept going for so long. The answer, it transpires, was that almost all of the profit made by the likes of New Order releasing an album or going on tour was ploughed into the club.

One nice touch is that as each chapter closes Hook includes a listing of who had played at the Hacienda during that year (each chapter covers a year) and some feature a balance sheet, so you can see just how spectacularly the club was spiralling into debt.

It's unusual for a book to tell the story of disastrous management leading to financial ruin and be hugely entertaining, but this succeeds brilliantly. Granted, it may not be the best-written book in the world, and sometimes it talks of gangsters taking over the club in a curiously affectionate way, but I loved it. Oh, and the final revelation is just great :-)
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Published 12 days ago by suefox
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read even if you’re not a fan of his music
In “The Haçienda: How Not To Run a Club” Peter Hook, bass player in two of Manchester’s greatest bands: Joy Division and New Order and also co-owner of the club itself explains how... Read more
Published 15 days ago by SirChutney
5.0 out of 5 stars Literally, HOW NOT TO RUN A CLUB! Fair play Hooky!
This is the book about the myth, the legend, the club, the Hacienda that we all wanted to read. It takes you into the mismanagement, the gangs, the rise of Rave, the DJ's and into... Read more
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Great read, provides an excellent insight to Manchester music scene and associated acid house culture. It also describes the criminal element involvement in the scene well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Very entertaining book, could not put it down, especially as I used to Work at the Hacienda through there troubled years!
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