The Hacienda: How Not To Run A Club is a uproarious, uncompromising, and outlandish story of success, idealism, naivety, and greed. The acclaimed and wildly outlandish inside account of England’s most notorious music club The Hacienda from Peter Hook – the co-founder of Joy Division and New Order – is one of music, gangsters, drugs, and violence. 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.