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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; 01 edition (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184739177X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847391773
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I was a fan of both Joy Division and New Order, although I discovered New Order first, so Joy Division were already long gone. My local record store owner took out a new 12" and put it on, saying you will like this one. It was Blue Monday. Belatedly, I was a fan.
But, I found this book lacking. I think the slip shod way in which the guys at Factory and New Order ran their business just annoys me. How, these great musicians could just keep pouring money into a hole. How the Manchester police could let gangsters take control of the streets and the clubs and seemed unwilling to tackle the leaders. I hated the seeming wrecking of a great scene because thugs with guns could walk around at will. This book really is a how not to. It's also a story of persistence, bad decisions and more bad decisions which made it impossible for New Order to walk away without losing pretty much everything.
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Interesting read - great to read about hooky's personal experiences running the legendary hacienda club and the drug culture and music that went hand in hand with it.
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.
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Well it does exactly what it says on the cover. If you ever want to run a nightclub badly this book will tell you how to do it! I bought this book after reading Hookey's second book about his Joy Division days. That book was excellent and neither was I dissapointed with this one. Its hard to believe that so many people could be so nieve and gullable when it comes to business. Reading this book perhaps gives the impression that Wilson and Gretton saw the band coming and milked them accordingly! The money went somewhere after all and the book gives several possible answers.
Its a good read with many tales of trouble as well as delights. The only drawback is that some things can get repetitive. Was there any need to publish more than one copy of the accounts or list after list of people who played/ DJ'd in the club night after night for the 15yrs of its exsistance. This is only a personal gripe though and should not detract you from buying this otherwise excellent book.
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Interesting read had to buy the cd compilation the hacienda classics released at the same time as the book after reading it.
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...and lot of other narcotics are trailed through the story of one Britain's finest institutions. But there's more to the story than meets the eye.
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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Quality book. Inspired me to read Peter Hook's other two books, which are also excellent!
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I bought this for a friend. He hasn't complained.
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I've never been to the Hacienda - not even been to Manchester.
Anayway, as a long time German New Order fan, I took a great deal of interest in everything, the band was doing.
I always was more a Barney fan than a Hooky follower - but... "How Not To Run A Club" changed that quite a bit.
Hooky tells the story of the Hacienda from his point of view: He tells the ups and downs and even more downs and the many maistakes and misfortunes the Hac and especially New Order and he himself were involved in.
The writig is funnny and ironic, written from a knowing and distant perspective. The story Hooky tells is exciting and funny, sometimes sad. I would have prefered more New Order insider stories - the Ibiza interlude and its Rock'n Roll anecdotes are very entertaining - but well, its all about the club, isn't it? "How Not To Run A Club" is a book about idealism, friendship and loyalty, loss and things falling apart - and, after all, music and lust for life.
The playlists and pictures give more information abou the Hacs unique history and make me even more regret that I've never been there.
Highly recommended!
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