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    • ISBN:9781472127501
    • Publication date:24 May 2018

Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor

Music, Manchester, and More

By Dave Haslam

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Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor is a lively, revelatory and gloriously well-written memoir of Dave Haslam's life and work in some of the most interesting corners of contemporary culture. It's a masterful insider account of life at the Hacienda, the rise of Madchester and the birth of the rave era.

Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor is writer/DJ Dave Haslam's gloriously well-crafted memoir, documenting his encounters with inspiring characters including Tony Wilson, Nile Rodgers, Terry Hall, Neneh Cherry, Tracey Thorn, John Lydon, John Peel, Ian Brown, Laurent Garnier and David Byrne. He interviews Johnny Marr and John Lydon; Sonic Youth sleep on his floor; he meets writers including Raymond Carver and Jonathan Franzen; he discusses masturbation with Viv Albertine, and ecstasy with Roisin Murphy; he has a gun pulled on him at the Hacienda, a drug dealer threatens to slit his throat; and Morrissey comes to tea.

In the late 1970s, a teenage John Peel listener and Joy Division fan, Haslam's face was pressed against a window, looking out at a world of music, books, ideas. In 2017, four decades later, he finds himself in the middle of that world, collaborating with New Order on a series of five shows in Manchester.

Haslam builds a rich context to the story of those decades; a definitive portrait of Manchester as a music city; the impact of life-shaking events (from the nightmare of the Yorkshire Ripper to the shock of the Manchester Arena terror attack); and how music has soundtracked his life, his times, his generation.

Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor is a masterful insider account of the Hacienda, the rise of Madchester and the birth of the rave era, and so much more . . .

Biographical Notes

DJ and writer Dave Haslam made his DJing debut at the Hacienda in 1986. He played there almost five hundred times, including on the final night of the club in 1997. Laurent Garnier, Ian Brown, Tim Burgess, Justin Robertson, and the Chemical Brothers were regular visitors to Haslam's ground-breaking DJing events at the Hacienda, and all have credited Haslam as an inspiration.

His journalism has appeared in NME, the Guardian and many more. His first book, Manchester, England, a cultural biography of Manchester, was published in 1999. On World Book Day in 2003 Manchester, England was declared one of the ten books that best represent England (alongside books by Jeremy Paxman, Zadie Smith and George Monbiot). His latest book, Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues, was published in 2015.

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  • ISBN: 9781472127525
  • Publication date: 24 May 2018
  • Page count: 352
  • Imprint: Constable
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