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5.0 out of 5 stars A rivetting read from start to finish!
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...
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2.0 out of 5 stars not so great
Disappointed really. I thought it reads like a bit of trashy ghost-written celeb memoir, which given such an interesting period and the fact that so many interesting creative personalities were swirling around it could have been much more. I found the style really irritating and fairly egotistical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant., 30 May 2014
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Read this book for a proper insight in to the Manchester music scene in the 80's and 90's. Some classic stories and unbelievable tales of how not to open and run a huge night club. Today's music scene could be very different if the Hacienda didn't happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story of a claim to have surfed a lucky "life just happens" wave, 20 May 2014
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Do we really think Peter just drifted from situation to situation without a "plan" on what he could do with what he had at each stage? That is the impression you get from the book that he was carried along by the actions of others and just found himself in certain positions.. Who cares! It is a great read all the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "We made history, not money"...wouldn't you want to say the same?, 27 April 2014
Despite being a lifelong fan of both New Order and Joy Division, I was largely ignorant of the whole Factory Records/Hacienda thing for a long time. I find it to be at once the most compelling and ridiculous story in music history. A bunch of guys with great ideals and evidently no business knowledge managed to lose a hideous amount of money on the whole thing, but left behind one of the greatest legacies imaginable. The story of the Hacienda in particular is especially absurd. Of course, Peter Hook was there, so what better a person to tell the tale? You'll find yourself practically cursing the pages themselves at the ludicrous amounts of money the place was losing on a regular basis. Why they didn't just STOP as early as possible is beyond me, and by the time these genius fools realised just how bad it was they were in too deep.

Hook's writing style is great. Its the equivalent of, as others have said, sitting down and talking with the guy himself. He's very readable, and paints vivid pictures in the mind of heated director's meetings and the unfortunate gang violence that began infesting the club towards the end of the 80s. Its a very informal writing style but I find it fits perfectly. His own bits are supplemented by thorough records of profit and loss for each year, listings of what bands/DJs performed on which nights, and other such information that pads out the whole story very well. Of course, many people remember the Hacienda for the whole Acid house thing...The Mondays, nights like Hot, Mike Pickering etc but many fantastic bands performed during the venue's early gig-centric years: The Smiths, The Fall, The Sisters of Mercy, The Chameleons, even Madonna's first UK performance was filmed there...and of course New Order who's concerts at the Hacienda became essentially benefit nights to help fund the place (not to mention all their royalties from album sales...).

In the end, it cost them millions of pounds and most likely their sanity too...but as a certain late Mr. Wilson said in a documentary a few years back, "who cares how much it cost? It was great".
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4.0 out of 5 stars great insight in to an interesting time, 3 April 2014
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This book, is an easy and entertaining read, we'll worth a look if you are interested in the old Manchester scene.
Yes it's not the best written book ever, but it doesn't really need to be!
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5.0 out of 5 stars :), 24 Mar 2014
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Amazing, i have struggled to get into reading for a few years now,,,,
Couldnt put this down, so down to earth! x
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2.0 out of 5 stars not so great, 6 Mar 2014
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Disappointed really. I thought it reads like a bit of trashy ghost-written celeb memoir, which given such an interesting period and the fact that so many interesting creative personalities were swirling around it could have been much more. I found the style really irritating and fairly egotistical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hacienda, 4 Jan 2014
Really enjoyed this book, peter hooks insight into the underworld of 80/90s club culture was enjoyable to read. Would read it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 28 Dec 2013
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While I was probably too young to be into the madchester scene at the time or the acid house/rave scene I was vaguely aware of it and got into a lot of the bands later on. This book gives a very detailed account of the day to day running of the Hacienda and the ongoing problems associated with it. It also reveals just how much of their money the members of New Order put into the place just to keep the doors open. A great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "How Not To Run A Club" is spot on, 6 Dec 2013
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"How Not To Run A Club" is spot on. This is a highly readable account about how Manchester's Factory Records launched a nightclub called The Haçienda, in Manchester, that traded from 1982 to 1997, reinventing UK club culture in the process. After a slow start, which saw the club half empty for most of its events, it finally became a symbol of the Madchester era, a global phenomenon, with the club's legendary nights packed out with people from far and wide.

Peter Hook, aka Hooky, the bassist of New Order was one of the investors. This book is his version of events - and it's an engaging, and lucid account, and it's well written in a conversational style.

Whilst New Order were being paid a modest weekly wage, the huge revenues they were generating for Factory Records were being ploughed into The Haçienda. By 1985, The Haçienda owed New Order £2 million. Pretty much everything the band earned went into the club. Finally Hooky, and the rest of the band, had to take more of an interest in the way the club was being run.

As Hooky concedes at the book's conclusion, ultimately he and his colleagues didn't want to run The Haçienda as a business - they wanted a playground for themselves and their friends. This amateurish and haphazard way of running a club resulted in some jaw dropping tales. Ludicrous and short-sighted business decisions, extraordinary drug consumption, violence, and local gangs terrorising the door staff and the customers, and so on. It all makes for a great read. The extent to which you might enjoy it will probably be related to the extent to which the subject matter interests you. I am interested in Factory, New Order, and youth culture generally, and thoroughly enjoyed it. 4/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drugs, More Drugs and Some Rock 'n' Roll...., 27 Oct 2013
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Since I'm off to see Pete Hook and The Light next week, this seemed like a good piece of homework and so it proved, for a New Order fan, such as myself. The book is a warts-and-all account of how New Order collectively ploughed a pile of money into creating and maintaining Manchester's hippest club. The history of the Haçienda is well-documented, along with the characters and bands & DJs that played there, the latter in the form of an annual listing by date (some unbelievably good bands on the list).

If you're a NO/JD fan, or want to know how to divest yourself of large amounts of cash, then this is essential reading.
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