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A Book I’d Read: Peter Hook’s The Hacienda

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in which the author discusses a book he'd read, if time permitted.

Title: The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Clubk

Author: Peter Hook, former bassist of Joy Division and New Order

The Vibe: English

What It Is: Hook's memoir of the Hacienda, a Manchester nightclub and financial disaster co-founded by New Order and Factory Records

Quotable: "We once worked out that, from the time it opened in 1982 to when it closed in 1997, each punter through the door cost us £10. We wasted that much through bad management and sheer stupidity. As far as we were concerned it was history we were making, not money. But if I'm ever skint I'll walk around Manchester asking everyone to give me my tenner back."

Sad Truth: Though the assertion that Joy Division and New Order are the two most overrated bands of all time may bring death threats, I here make that assertion. In fact, I would rather re-read Unknown Pleasures, Hook's memoir of his time in Joy Division, than listen to Unknown Pleasures, a Joy Division record with, at most, two good songs.

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