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on 7 August 2017
I fully accept that Hooky is writing a very personal account of his involvement in the well documented Hacienda fiasco. Perhaps we was just too involved and risked too much to be remotely objective. Of course the Hacienda's crucial role in introducing the who concept concept of clubbing and the celebrity DJ cult is very well known. But the Hacienda opened every day , beer was cheapest in town, lesser known bands were encouraged to play, idealism, creativity and trust were going to replace capitalism .
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.
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on 25 April 2017
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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on 8 September 2017
Probably for Joy Division/New Order/Madchester fans only, but as one of those, I loved this account of the calamitous and often inspired mismanagement of the legendary Hacienda Club. Peter Hook's account is lively, darkly funny, and seems to leave few stones unturned. Hook spares no-one (including himself) from criticism.
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on 17 July 2017
ive been a big follower of the manchester music scene from joy division-new order-stone roses to the happy mondays to the rave scene....ect so this book shud be a good read as it written by ex bassist peter 'hooky' hook from joy division to new order
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on 29 July 2017
Hook can't run a club but he can write a good book about it. It is full of his usual dry wit and anecdotes, but also has a lot of timelines which can become very time consuming to read, unless you have desperate need to know who played the hac on a Tuesday in June in 1990 for example. Its a good companion to his other books about joy division and new order.
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on 3 March 2017
...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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on 15 August 2017
Not sure if would pay full price but well worth a read.

God alone knows what it would read like if there was no risk of legal repercussions....
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on 13 June 2017
A great, funny, tongue in cheek read that manages to somehow be arrogant and humble, idiotic and charming all at the same time. If you love the music, the era and the Hac, you'll enjoy this
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on 20 March 2017
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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on 20 May 2017
Quality book. Inspired me to read Peter Hook's other two books, which are also excellent!
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