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The Hacienda

How Not to Run a Club
Narrated by: Peter Hook
Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (173 ratings)

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Summary

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

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Deadpan Funny

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

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it's not a book ... it's a phamflet at best

less than two hours! amazing story told really well. but not worth the cost. buy at your own peril.

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Is this a book or a leaflet!

What a waste of an audible credit....You can’t have a book that is the same length as a pizza menu!

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An absolute pleasure to read

Hooky's an excellent writer, its like being in the pub with a few mates and being told some right tales over a few pints, the Hacienda was Manchesters mecca, nice one lad!

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brilliant, funny

great to hear it from the horses mouth. 😆 brilliantly told story of folly, tragedy and the simplicity of being young. Loved it.

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Bangin

What a club, what a city and what a story! Hooky’s narration is fab. You feel like you’re a part of it. Defo recommend

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A short but concise history, great narration!

Another great one here from Peter Hook, although it is relatively short compared to most Audiobooks the content and occasional burst of 90's acid house nostalgia make for great listening.

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brilliant

A great listen, only issue is its too short!
I really enjoyed listening to this story, it gives a real feel for the city and club around the 80/90's. Being from Manchester I could easily setting in and get a feel, although anyone from outside the city might struggle for orientation

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Hilarious and shocking

Peter Hook is a scream telling his stories of the Haçienda 'glory' days. Works extremely well as an autonarrative audiobook, no one else could have done it justice the way he does.

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Not just a fairytale.

What a trip and it is a trip - never went, perhaps my greatest regret, but thanks to Peter he has brought the place alive once again in this telling of times that were perhaps idealised in the tales that were told, now we know better.
If you remember from afar "The Hacienda - fac51" then this read is a must and if you really remember it, then as the saying goes, "you weren't really there". I'll listen to this, again and again. Simply a must for musos and fans alike, Peter Hook deserves a medal for what he produced here. This is the ultimate "bed-time story for the 40/50 something and will remain with me always.
Thank you Peter, Rob and crew. Always with you.