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A Real How Not To Book
on 17 April 2017
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.