The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club (Anglais) Broché – 30 septembre 2010
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‘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’
‘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 Haçienda 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)’
‘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’
‘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 Haçienda: 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’
‘It’s to Hook’s admirable credit that he can reflect on the 15 years when The Haçienda 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 £3m’
‘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'
'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
Présentation de l'éditeur
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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The main theme of the book are the financial difficulties and debaucheries from beginning to end of the Haçienda. He even prints each year's 'profit and loss account', they look disastrous. The theme runs thin after a while, though. Fortunately, the book is full of anecdotes and quotes.
It could certainly have been bettered by the editor, sometimes it seems quite floppy, only hastily reread before publishing.
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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.
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.
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.