The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club Paperback – 4 Apr 2016
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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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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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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 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.
Some laugh out loud moments (The chapter on Ibiza had me absolutely p*ssing myself) and some sad moments as well (the young girl who overdosed on E).
This book should be on the curriculum and form a case study for both business studies and social history students. Highly recommended and finally a message to Hookey. If I ever see you out and about I will give you that tenner.
One thing that will please every reader is that Hooky is a fantastic raconteur and pulls off the hard job of making the story personal and objective. Its a compliment to the bloke that halfway through you desperately want a pint with him.
The end of chapter DJ set list is a drag but worth a spotify as you can experience the musical progress of the Hacienda. Read this and you realize just how lucky Ministry of Sound are for having a continuing legacy but also wonder if this would have been dwarfed if Hacienda had of been better managed and sustained over a period of time.
Either way. I NEVER want to own or run a club lmao
Probably why he's now wised up and sells himself in different ways; nothing wrong with that.
One of those ways being writing.
Good book about mad/bad/good times.
As an ex Hacienda pot collector I loved it.