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This review is from: The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club (Hardcover)
"The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club" is a tale of underground music descending into criminal underworld. I always thought the members of New Order exaggerated their claims of the Hacienda having been a millstone around their necks. It seems I was wrong.
The story: Rob Gretton (the late New Order manager) takes Peter Hook and assorted Hacienda staff on a 15 year long quixotic escapade. Sex and drugs and acid house and all that. What is surprising is, if Hooky was as trolleyed as he claims to have been, how he actually remembered all this in so much detail.
Funny and shocking in equal parts, the book paints an unexpectedly objective, though negative, picture but without ever resorting to bitterness (commendably). Barney Sumner is sparingly, though respectfully referred to. Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, on the other hand, are barely mentioned at all. Towards the end, as Hook recounts how the magic died, it all gets rather depressing. Thankfully there's no shortage of amusing anecdotes to lift the mood. My favourite is the Sham 69 one (good to know Hooky was a fan too!)
It's not perfect a perfect book - there are a few "Did I say that?" moments and at least one factual error caused, I would suggest, by sloppy editing as opposed to any lack of knowledge on the author's part.
But it doesn't matter. As Factory books go, this and 24 Hour Party People are in a league of their own. In fact you could base a screenplay on this.
So now that Tony and Hooky have both written great books - over to Bernard?