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The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club

af Peter Hook, Andrew Holmes (Ghostwriter)

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Peter Hook, as co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, has been shaping the course of popular music for thirty years. He provided the propulsive bass guitar melodies of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and the bestselling 12-inch single ever, 'Blue Monday' among many other songs. As co-owner of Manchester's Hacienda club, Hook propelled the rise of acid house in the late 1980s, then suffered through its violent fall in the 1990s as gangs, drugs, greed and a hostile police force destroyed everything he and his friends had created. This is his memory of that era and 'it's far sadder, funnier, scarier and stranger' than anyone has imagined. As young and naive musicians, the members of New Order were thrilled when their record label Factory opened a club. Yet as their career escalated, they toured the world and had top ten hits, their royalties were being ploughed into the Hacienda and they were only being paid £20 per week. Peter Hook looked back at that exciting and hilarious time to write HACIENDA. All the main characters appear - Tony Wilson, Barney, Shaun Ryder - and Hook tells it like it was - a rollercoaster of success, money, confusion and true faith.… (mere)
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I decided this afternoon that after the slightly laborious 'On The Road' that I needed something lighter to read and plucked this off the shelf. It had been recommended to me by a couple of my friends, one who was into the club scene at the time and a few who werent.

On starting it I was glad that Peter Hook doesnt spend any time talking about his life as a kid or anything prior to Joy Division. I bought the book to read about the Hacienda and have been disappointed about with tedious details about childhood in previous biographies. Joy Division is only briefly covered and there isnt a huge amount of detail about New Order, so its probably best to go elswhere if you want more about this.

The book is broken up into chapters for each year of the Hacienda with some details about the accounts for that year and meeting minutes at the end of each one. In the middle of the book there are 8 pages of glossy pictures. The one thing that is really striking throughout the story is the mind staggering amount of money that was wasted during the time of the Hacienda. Its a surprise that it wasnt closed much earlier than it was.

There is the inevitable drug and alcohol use throughout the story and towards the end, the violence that paid a huge part in the downfall of the club. I found myself not really feeling too much sympathy with anyone from the story except for Ang Matthews who was an assistant manager from 1989. She is cast as a bit of an unsung hero of the club. She stuck through with it until the end standing to gain not a great deal but exposing herself to a myraid of dangers.

I would say this book is worth a read to anyone who is interested in the Hacienda, I got through it in no time at all. ( )
  Brian. | Jun 14, 2021 |
In “The Haçienda: How Not To Run a Club” Peter Hook, bass player in two of Manchester’s greatest bands: Joy Division and New Order and also co-owner of the club itself explains how it vacuumed up the bands income and brought him to the point of bankruptcy.

This is a candidly entertaining short’ish read written in a personal and chatty style. While Manchester in the early 1980s probably wasn't quite ready for a New York style disco it wasn’t long before the popularity of the club soared and things started to fall apart. Hooky reveals that in the 15 years it was open the club effectively cost the band £10 for every person who entered! I have to admit that I never went and I’m rather pleased I didn’t after reading some of the stories.

The book covers the drug fuelled meetings, Madchester and Acid House excesses, the influx of gangsters and subsequent violence, so it’s definitely not a tale for faint hearted. The book also has its fair share of funny passages too which are offset with stories where you find yourself shaking your head in disbelief, for example paying bands generous flat fees to perform to almost nobody and organising the bar so it required two staff to serve every customer.

I listened to the audio book and its split into sections devoted to each year the Hacienda was open. Each section is preceded with a snippet of a song which may have been played at that specific point in the clubs timeline. This device helped to set the scene and enhance the “read”. However, it’s worth trying to get a copy of the actual print version as it contains a chapter listing outlining which gigs put on during that specific year and it has copies of balance sheets which I’m guessing would make an accountant cry. You also get to see the photos of the interior and exterior of the Haçienda along with various flyers, posters and other media.

I would recommend that you read Unknown Pleasures first as the end of that book slightly bleeds into the start of this one. The Haçienda: How Not To Run a Club is a great read even if you’re not a fan of his music as if nothing else it certainly puts the evolution of the 1980s/90s clubbing scene into context. ( )
  Rob.Thompson | Nov 22, 2014 |
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 |
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Peter Hook, as co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, has been shaping the course of popular music for thirty years. He provided the propulsive bass guitar melodies of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and the bestselling 12-inch single ever, 'Blue Monday' among many other songs. As co-owner of Manchester's Hacienda club, Hook propelled the rise of acid house in the late 1980s, then suffered through its violent fall in the 1990s as gangs, drugs, greed and a hostile police force destroyed everything he and his friends had created. This is his memory of that era and 'it's far sadder, funnier, scarier and stranger' than anyone has imagined. As young and naive musicians, the members of New Order were thrilled when their record label Factory opened a club. Yet as their career escalated, they toured the world and had top ten hits, their royalties were being ploughed into the Hacienda and they were only being paid £20 per week. Peter Hook looked back at that exciting and hilarious time to write HACIENDA. All the main characters appear - Tony Wilson, Barney, Shaun Ryder - and Hook tells it like it was - a rollercoaster of success, money, confusion and true faith.

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