The acclaimed and wildly outlandish inside account of England’s most notorious music club, The Hacienda, from Peter Hook, the New York Times bestselling author of Unknown Pleasures and co-founder of Joy Division and New Order—a story of music, gangsters, drugs, and violence, available for the first time in the United States.
During the 1980s, The Hacienda would become one of the most famous venues in the history of clubbing—a celebrated cultural watershed alongside Studio 54, CBGBS, and The Whiskey—until its tragic demise.
Founded by New Order and Factory Records, The Hacienda hosted gigs by such legendary acts as the Stone Roses, the Smiths, Bauhaus, Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, Kurtis Blow, and Happy Mondays; 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 fifteen-year run, “Madchester” descended into “Gunchester” as gangs, drugs, greed, and a hostile police force decimated the dream.
Told in Hook’s uproarious and uncompromising voice, The Hacienda is a funny, horrifying, and outlandish story of success, idealism, naïveté, and greed—of an incredible time and place that would change the face and sound of modern music.
The Hacienda includes 32 photographs in 16-page four-color insert.
Peter Hook was born in Salford, England, in 1956. He was a founding member of Joy Division and New Order, and now tours both bands’ music with his new group, Peter Hook and the Light. He also DJs, promoting Fac 51 and The Haçienda Classical concerts around the world. He lives in Cheshire, England, with his wife, Rebecca, and children, Heather, Jack, and Jessica, and their dogs, Wilma and Bo.
Praise for the UK Publication of THE HACIENDA:
“A frank memoir of altruism, idealism, and breathless incompetence.” — Uncut magazine (5 stars)
“Had the Hacienda not been run by a bunch of Manchester chancers it wouldn’t have been half the club it was, nor would Hook’s account be half as riveting.” — Time Out
“Entertaining . . . Hook is revealed as a born anecdotalist . . . engaging and hilarious.” — Sunday Times
“Saturated with gleeful hedonism, Hook’s memoir includes frank admissions of eye-popping commercial ineptitude, which gives the book a restless energy.” — Financial Times
“Honest, punchy, and rough-hewn . . . a portal into a vivid moment in rock history . . . the life and times of a working band . . . and, in the middle of it all, the transformative power of music.” — Los Angeles Times
“Unflinchingly honest . . . Hook peels away the romantic sheen colored by its dark history and gives unfettered insight into the band’s origins and inspirations . . . this is required reading for anyone who ever felt moved by Joy Division’s cold, dark music.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Packed with period detail and tales of debauchery, gangsters, and especially, as the title promises, how not to run a club.” — Under the Radar, 7 ½ out of 10 stars