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The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club Paperback – 30 Sep 2010
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'There are many sharply drawn vignettes in Hook's entertaining memoir . . . Hook is revealed as a born anecdotalist . . . engaging and hilarious' --Sunday Times
'Saturated with gleeful hedonism, Hook's memoir includes frank admissions of eye-popping commercial ineptitude, which gives the book a restless energy' --Financial Times
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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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In reality the Hacienda made a vast loss, essentially propped up by New Order 's income and profits from the Joy Division back catalogue. Hooky shows that the Hacienda was assailed from all sides...and shares the club's accounts year by year . Increasing gang rivalry turning into horrendous violence,the staff looted what they could, a huge unpaid tax bill; became the proverbial millstone,and not nearly enough toilets. Bernard Manning performed on the opening night, and predicted disaster, refusing to even take his fee.
It is a tale of woe.
In the early 80's there were attempts to offer something different to the standard music business . Factory Records/ Hacienda and Anarchy Peace punks Crass tried to build a genuine 'alternative ' scenes then Billy Bragg demanding a price freeze on his albums. ....and the tale of the Hacienda seems the most tragic simply because it had such a colossal impact on music, but not on the ethics of the music business.
At times the tales of pill consumption and boozing get monotonous but there are enough anecdotes. Hooky claiming to be possibly the last known musician to see Nico alive, getting excited by putting John Cale on, only to find 40 people in the audience, and most of them talked through the set, the time Manchester scallies descended for a rave in Peter Gabriel's garden. Worth reading indeed.
As the title says - the book explains about all the bad decisions made and how the club was a wasted venture and a money pit.
Not as good as his book about joy division I'm afraid but still worth a read.
In turns depressing, hilarious, outright bonkers and extraordinary. Hooky presents his side of the story with no holds barred...
I wish I'd picked this up earlier.
A cracking read. 😊
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Highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Manchester music...Read more
A good insight into the developing music trends in the 80s&90s.