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The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club Hardcover – October 1, 2009

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'Founder of Joy Division, and former bassist with New Order, Peter Hook lets off some steam about music piracy' List 24/9 'A testosterone-scented transcript of ripping yarns, the addition of a year-by-year listings diary, company accounts and excerpts from board meetings supply valuable historical ballast...there's much fun to be had within -- much like the Hacienda itself' 'Q' magazine November issue 'Chiming perfectly with the nation's twin fears of urban violence and monetary collapse, this book should become a cautionary tale of modern times' 5 stars, Mojo magazine November issue 'The Hacienda was, as Hook says, in many ways the perfect example of how not to run a club -- if you view a night-club as a money-making business. But if, like the baggy trousered philanthropists Factory, you see it as an altruistic gift to your hometown and a breeding ground for the next generation of youth culture, it was, accidentally, purposefully, shambolically, anarchically, thrillingly, scarily, inspirationally, perfect' Observer 27/9 'Hook himself is revealed as a born anecdotalist, firing off quips, pithy asides and self-lacerating mea culpas like a scatter-gun. The sections that interweave his narrative -- DJ playlists, club nights, minutes of board meetings, pie-in-the-sky company accounts, a roll call of artists, including Madonna, who appeared at the club -- are often revealing or evocative, but it is the author's own voice that makes the book such a compelling read' The Sunday Times 27/9 'Peter Hook's memoir The Hacienda -- How Not To Run A Club is a hugely candid work' Word magazine November issue 'Had The Hacienda not been run by a bunch of 'madchester' chancers, it wouldn't have been the club it was; nor would Hook's account be half as riveting' Time Out 8/10 'Hooky, as he is known by all and sundry, is 53 years old, a former addict and alcoholic (he doesn't use the word "former"), a one-time member of not one but two of the most important bands of the last 30 years, current member of indie supergroup Freebass and latterly an author. He has written a memoir of the club which cost him and his fellow members of New Order millions' Glasgow Herald 3/10 'Hook reckons he's lucky to have survived the bullets, the booze and the ecstasy and it's our good fortune that he's written this book, a worthy addition to the archives of glorious rock follies, recounted with candour, humour and gob-smacking detail' Scotland on Sunday 4/10 'Lauren Laverne uplugged' 'This fine tome (..set in a club -- THE club, in fact)' Grazia 12/10 'New Order's Peter Hook tells the insider's story, giving us a front row seat for one of the most fascinating episodes in music's history' News of the World 4/10 'Hook, who split from New Order three years ago, is about to tell his version of the club' chequered story in a book, ruefully entitled The Hacienda: How not To Run a Club. In it, he reveals just how disastrous their investment was. Its pages catalogue their collective folly: account-sheets made up of minus signs; minutes from marijuana-blurred board meetings: myriad anecdotes of fraud and theft: lashings of drugs and violence. It is a cautionary tale, not for the timid' Daily Telegraph 3/10 'The Joy Division co-founder has sorted through the maelstrom of stories and hearsay surrounding the now iconic club to produce a biographical account of how spectacularly bad they all were at managing the finances -- but brilliant at creating a music scene' Shortlist 15/10 'It was the party to end all parties -- 14 years of hedonism and debauchery which revolutionised nightlife in Britain forever, created acid house and the concept of clubbing as we know it. The Hacienda not only transformed Manchester but had a phenomenal impact on the UKL as a whole, an impact which continues to shape our social lives today' Scottish Daily Record 30/9 'More fiscal farce in Peter Hook's The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club. The bass player with Joy Division and New Order, Hook tells a cautionary tale of how the creative chaos that generated musical highs also led to a massive monetary hangover when he and his pals opened a nightclub in the late Eighties' Telegraph 28/11 'It's to Hook's admirable credit that he can reflect on the 15 years when The Hacienda lurched from disaster to disaster, via calamity and catastrophe, with only modest rancour and a great deal of gallows humour' Uncut magazine, Jan issue 'Peter Hook's book lifts the lid on the true story behind the legendary Manchester club that brought acid-house music to the north and changed the face of UK clubbing forever. It's not the first book to describe the exploits at the Whitworth Street club, but as a co-owner of the iconic venue, Hooky's memoir offers a real insight into what actually happened from its conception in 1982 to when the shutters came down for good in 1997. New Order have often described the club as a millstone around their necks -- here the band's bass player reveals the true weight of that millstone in his own inimitable, down-to-earth style' 'Gifts to take note of', Independent 4/12 'New Order's bass player tells a ripping yarn of Manchester's most famous club, a chaotic institution nominally owned by Hook's old band. The title is unironic: in its 15-year existence from 1982 to 1997, "the Hac" lost GBP3m' 'Books of the Year', The Sunday Times 6/12 'The Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club by Peter Hook, is a memoir by the erstwhile New Order bassist, in which he offers up a delightfully pungent, occasionally depressing, generally very funny insider's account of the notorious venue owned by the band' 'Books for Music fans this Christmas', Metro 10/12 'Along the way, there are miserable gigs, gangs and run-ins with the police. What there isn't is anyone with any idea of how to run a business. Still, as Hook concludes, "If you're going to waste an opportunity there are a few important things to remember. Do it in style. Do it in public. And, above all, do it in Manchester."' 'This year's crop of music books', Independent on Sunday 13/12 'There are many sharply drawn vignettes in Hook's entertaining memoir about the rise, triumph and collapse of the Hacienda club in Manchester. Hook, co-owner of the business and bass-player with Joy Division and New Order, is revealed as a born anecdotalist, firing off quips and self-lacerating mea culpas like a scatter-gun... An engaging and often hilarious character' Sunday Times 3/10 'Saturated with gleeful hedonism, Hook's memoir includes frank admissions of eye-popping commercial ineptitude, which gives the book a restless energy' FT, 9/10 'In the Eighties the Manchester club played host to the Smiths and the Stone Roses. But it all went terribly wrong, as Peter Hook shows' Daily Telegraph 9/10 --This text refers to the Digital edition.

From the Back Cover

The acclaimed and wildly outlandish inside account of Britain's most notorious club, The Haçienda—a story of gangsters, drugs, violence, and great beats

In the 1980s, The Haçienda was one of the most famous venues in the history of clubbing—a celebrated cultural icon alongside Studio 54, CBGB, and the Whiskey a Go Go—until its tragic demise.

Founded by New Order and Factory Records, The Haçienda hosted gigs by such legendary acts as the Smiths, Bauhaus, Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, Kurtis Blow, Happy Mondays, and Stone Roses; gave birth to the "Madchester" scene; became the cathedral for acid house; and laid the tracks for rave culture and today's electronic dance music. But over the course of its near fifteen-year run, "Madchester" descended into "Gunchester" as gangs, drugs, greed, and a hostile police force decimated the dream.

New Order cofounder and bassist Peter Hook provides an up-close and visceral look at this cultural touchstone and it's rise and fall. The Haçienda is a funny, horrifying, and wild story of success, idealism, naïveté, and greed—of an incredible time and place that changed the face and sound of modern music.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; First Edition edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847371353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847371355
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,444,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Hook was born in 1956 in Salford, England. A founding member of Joy Division and New Order, he is an international DJ and tours Joy Division's music with his new band, the Light. He lives in Cheshire.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Jepson on October 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of New Order, Joy Division and the whole Factory Music world. That's why I would recommend this book only to the diehard fan.

The book chronicles Peter Hook's (bassist New Order) experience of Manchester during the roaring '80s and early gay '90s. The book says it's about running a club, but even Hook is honest about not being much of a manager. The first half of the book is mostly about Hook being drugged out of his head and barely remembering the multiple times that his band was fleeced of money in order to keep the club open. Which gets me to the writing: fifth grade level. Hook writes in a stream of consciousness, conversational way. It's entertaining, but often difficult to understand. He uses a lot of incomplete sentences and phrases which allows the reader to try connect them into something resembling an idea.

Having said that, for the true fan, you will love this book for the little stories that pop out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lovblad on November 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is one entertaining book: it recounts the problems Hooky and New Order and Tony Wilson, let's say everyboy in Factory, ran into by running one of the most famous clubs around. For thso who do not know: Peter Hook is/was the bassplayer with Joy Divisoin/New Order and their success financed Factory records and then the famous Hacienda. As he calls it: how not to run a club. Because despite being successful and legendary, the club not only went bankrupt but dragged all of New Order and Factory with it. Hook describes all this wonderfully; it is amazing that such a talented lot of people were actually not able to control their financial destiny in such a way. one has to read this book, really. I for one allways loved Factory records and together with 24 hour party people this will partly make you understand what happened to that great record label.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"It felt like admitting defeat if you went home."

For much of the 80's and early 90's Manchester UK was the center of music and youth culture. And the center of 'Madchester' was The Hacienda.

The Hacienda was funded largely by the band New Order, which Peter Hook was the bassist of, and in this book he recounts the history of the Hacienda from it's inception in 1982 to it's demise in 1997.

The subtitle is - How to Not Run a Club, and he aint kidding. It seems like everything they could do wrong they did. The Hacienda was run more like a collective or something, not a business. The staff drank and took drugs while on duty. Management wasn't interested in containing costs or maximizing revenue. Stuff got stolen, lost. For a time they kept money in a file cabinet because no one could remember the combination to the safe. Then the money got stolen and because it should have been in the safe the loss wasn't covered by insurance. Typical.

On the other hand, it sounds like it was an incredible place. It really took off in 1988, when ecstacy, Acid-house, and raving created a 2 year golden age of good times. Reading this book made me wish I had been there. There were some incredible all night parties and adventures going on. Peter recalls many a drug fueled shenanigan.

A super fun and entertaining book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harold Grey on June 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Let me start by saying I am a real fan of Hooky's contributions to both Joy Division and New Order. I just finished reading the book during a trip with my mom and sister to Glasgow and London and I found it a bit disappointing. After reading the book, one gets the impression that these were very immature people who just wanted a place to indulge their Bacchanalian fantasies. It is also hard to have sympathy for them losing money hand over fist when no one was willing to step up and address obvious problems. Yes, hindsight is 20/20 vision, but it is painful to read about people making the same mistakes over and over. New Order made some monumental music in their own right, but I was disappointed when New Order hooked up with Arthur Baker and the Funhouse gang. You can see how that was a pre-cursor to the whole Madchester phenomenon. They seemed to lose their own plot somewhere in the early to mid-eighties and jumped on the Funhouse/Paradise Garage bandwagon. With Joy Division and early New Order, one got the feeling that while they were influenced by others, they were moving in a unique direction. Somewhere that seemed to stop and New Order became much less interesting. I agree Hooky, "you made history, not money."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John S on July 22, 2014
Format: Paperback
Another saga in the glorious Manchester mythology. The year is 2010 and nothing new on the subject had appeared for a while. That was the reason I bought it (not to mention a transatlantic flight to endure). This beatification of Factory Records and their impact on Manchester (and world) music was started by Tony Wilson straight after Factory Records' bankruptcy in 1993, and Peter Hook seems to have picked up Wilson's baton following the latter's death in 2007.

About the book. Hook is by no means a writer but he has a story to tell, admittedly a true story that would defy the myths surrounding The Hacienda. So the writing style aside, we are left with facts and myriad numbers - profits, sales, losses, taxes, etc., sometimes you feel like you're in an accountant's office. I liked some bits, like for example about New Order recording "Technique" on Ibiza, and how Rob Gretton (New Order's manager) was almost mysteriously bonded to The Hacienda: despite all ill, Gretton held to the club to the last second of its existence, when Factory Records and New Order had been long gone. Basically the club existed solely at the expense of the young, carefree members of New Order who siphoned their money like chips into the fireplace. It's an OK book, strictly for Factory/Madchester fanatics.

Sometimes I catch myself regretting about these tell-all books about Joy Division/New Order. When I grew up listening to New Order, there was no Internet, no books and barely any media coverage on the subject. You felt privileged to get a new record or get a bit of news on them. I mean they were really a cult band, which contributed to the charm to their fantastic music.
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