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Peter Hook with Agnès Marquès

The English musician Peter Hook is co-founder of the legendary band Joy Division, on bass alongside Bernard Sumner and Ian Curtis. After Curtis’s suicide, which was traumatic for all of popular culture, they reinvented themselves as New Order. Despite touring worldwide with New Order, with radio hits such as Blue Monday, for a long time they went around with 20 pounds in their pockets. The reason? You’ll find it in his new book, The Haçienda. How Not to Run a Club (2010), the story of the most mythical—and ruinous—club of the second half of the 20th century: the Mancunian cathedral of music, opened in 1982, was a pioneer of electronic music, motor of the Manchester sound, and a laboratory for many highly respected bands. The story goes that Hook and the other owners didn’t earn a penny in the 15 years it was open.

Participants: Peter Hook, Agnès Marquès

10 May 2019