Peter Hook, as co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, has been shaping the course of popular music for 30 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.
©2009 Peter Hook (P)2010 Simon & Schuster
I'm now in my early 40's so this was my era of clubbing and although I never went I was familiar with the goings on at the Hacienda. Read brilliantly and deadpan funny by the author. Worth a listen to by any northerner of my age who used to go to the early raves and clubs
Really enjoyed this. Very interesting to hear the story behind what was an institution and is remains a legend.
It's fairly brief, I'd of happily heard more detail but I guess it means it does stay interesting.
Amazing what you would never know until someone is honest enough to tell it how they saw it. Again it goes to show what a rip off the business surrounding bands and music is. great delivery , great story, good job.
Really enjoyed listening to this. Peter Hook is a true legend and The Hacienda sounds like an absolute blast. Wish I could have been a part of it, without all the agro at least...
A highly amusing insight into one of the country's institutions - absolutely essential listening for all cheesy quavers from back in the day. Hooky reads this like he's telling a few stories over a beer or two making it very easy listening and an awesome piece of entertainment.
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