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The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club (edition 2009)

by Peter Hook

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This is all familiar ground if you know much about the history of Factory Records, New Order or The Hacienda, but it's always to good to hear a great story from another angle. It's pretty readable, and goes through the history of the club year by year, listing events and including excerpts from the accounts and minutes of meetings (as an accountant I quite enjoyed even those bits). The writing can be a bit clunky, but Peter Hook is an entertaining narrator, not afraid to admit to their failings as night club managers, and it captures the mix of hedonism and danger that the club was renowned for. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Oct 7, 2014 |
Hook's book worth a look. ( )
  Linden_Dunham | Jul 30, 2014 |
The Haçienda: How Not to Run a Club: "How Not To Run A Club" is spot on. This is a highly readable account about how Manchester's Factory Records launched a nightclub called The Haçienda, in Manchester, that traded from 1982 to 1997, reinventing UK club culture in the process. After a slow start, which saw the club half empty for most of its events, it finally became a symbol of the Madchester era, a global phenomenon, with the club's legendary nights packed out with people from far and wide.

Peter Hook, aka Hooky, the bassist of New Order was one of the investors. This book is his version of events - and it's an engaging, and lucid account, and it's well written in a conversational style.

Whilst New Order were being paid a modest weekly wage, the huge revenues they were generating for Factory Records were being ploughed into The Haçienda. By 1985, The Haçienda owed New Order £2 million. Pretty much everything the band earned went into the club. Finally Hooky, and the rest of the band, had to take more of an interest in the way the club was being run.

As Hooky concedes at the book's conclusion, ultimately he and his colleagues didn't want to run The Haçienda as a business - they wanted a playground for themselves and their friends. This amateurish and haphazard way of running a club resulted in some jaw dropping tales. Ludicrous and short-sighted business decisions, extraordinary drug consumption, violence, and local gangs terrorising the door staff and the customers, and so on. It all makes for a great read. The extent to which you might enjoy it will probably be related to the extent to which the subject matter interests you. I am interested in Factory, New Order, and youth culture generally, and thoroughly enjoyed it. 4/5
  nigeyb | Dec 6, 2013 |
Its not the sort of book i normally pick, but i remembered the club from my student days as a legendary place and wanted to get an insight into it.
its an interesting book. wouldnt rave about it but if you like this era or like books about drugs and gangs and their impact on clubs then i would recommend it. ( )
  lorraineh | Nov 7, 2010 |
Much of this story has been covered elsewhere, particularly in the film and book 24 Hour Party People and in various documentaries but this book looks at it from the angle of the legendary Hacienda Club, which was paid for from the profits of New Order's records and contributed to the demise of Factory Records. I'd seen Peter Hook moaning about how much money he unknowingly lost in this venture on various documentaries, and this book is an extension of that. He covers the history of the club year by year, with each chapter being full of tales of the highs, lows and shambolic way the club was being run. At the end of each chapter, there is a list of the gigs and club nights for that year, extracts from the accounts and some quotations from key players in the scene. Although some of the stories were already familiar to me, most are entertaining or in the case of the parts about the gangs ruining the scene, shocking. At times the author's moaning about the money does wear a little thin and after the first chapter, I wasn't particularly interested in seeing more of the accounts (yes, I get it - you were spending way more than you were earning with some ridiculously high costs for some odd things). Overall I did enjoy this, but it would probably only be of interest to people with an interest in the British music scene in the 1980s and 1990s, specificially New Order, acid house, Factory Records and the Madchester scene. ( )
  sanddancer | Jan 10, 2010 |
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Legendary musician Peter Hook tells the whole story of Manchester's most iconic nightclub, the Hacienda - the fun, the music, the huge loss of money and the legacy. Hook charts the rise of acid house in the late 1980s and the violent fall in the 1990s as gangs, drugs, greed and a hostile police force destroyed everything.… (more)

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