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24 Hour Party People
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on 25 November 2015
Not the best book about Factory and the Hacienda. Too much of Wilson's ego for that. Enjoyable romp!
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on 26 August 2017
Great service, book arrived in great condition. Can't believe it's taken me so long to read this little book. The writing is outstanding, intelligent and so so funny.
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on 30 August 2017
Top book written by a genius taken far to soon
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on 14 November 2017
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on 9 August 2012
This is pretty much the script for the film 24 Hour Party People. I was expecting a bit more depth to the book. If you have seen the film and enjoyed it, there isn't really much else here. Just watch the film again!
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on 20 August 2015
Interesting read, yet if you have already seen the film this book has little to offer.
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on 2 May 2002
As a wannabee Manc, New Order fan, I've read almost everything I can get my hands on about Joy Division, New Order, or Factory (Ideal for Living, Unknown Pleasures & Wayward Distractions, Touching from a Distance), but this book goes down as one of the best ever written about the subject. Though the book is presented as a novelisation of the movie of the same name (and features little outtakes where Wilson sets the record straight in scenes), it becomes apparent late on in the book that probably most of what is written happened in some shape or form. The book is written almost as a series of anecdotes, and that's fine because each anecdote is not easily forgotten: Peter Saville's inability to do any project on time; Rob Gretton meeting Mike Pickering as they hide from Manchester United supporters; Rob Gretton trying to beat the pulp out of Wilson for his financial excesses; Shaun Ryder stealing everything in Eddy Grant's Barbados studio to buy crack...
But this book is more about just Factory or its bands. It's about the regeneration of Manchester. In this way, it's a perfect compliment to Dave Haslam's "Manchester: Story of a Pop Cult City." Somehow, through all the bad business acumen, Wilson, Gretton, New Order, and others somehow had enough artistic and aesthetic sense to kick start a complete change in attitude in the city and its people. Though the Hacienda is now gone, like the Big Bang, the cosmic radiation it set off is still there to be felt.
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on 9 June 2014
I happened to be living in Manchester when the Haçienda opened in 1982. Still have my 'credit card' membership as a matter of fact. It is true that the club was frequently empty in those days. Empty and cold. Saw a few decent bands there though including The Fall. Never was much of a New Order fan but loved Joy Div. Moved away from Manc in 84 so missed the acid house years.
Anyway - to business. This book is great 10/10. It goes off on a lot of weird tangents.... historical facts, literary allusion... that kind of thing. I actually think it's quite deep. The anecdotes are frequently hilarious. I don't really care how much of it is fact v fiction. It's hard to believe that 'successful' people could make this many mistakes.... but the stories about the running of the club are jaw-dropping in their ineptitude. Best to read the Peter Hook book for the complete Haçienda story... but this is a very good book. Top marks to whoever wrote it.
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on 22 August 2014
Great Price ,Great Service
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on 7 April 2015
Very good book.Very satisfied
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