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Thoroughly enjoyable, and a little shocking,
This review is from: The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club (Hardcover)
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 :-)