Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor
Music, Manchester, and More: A Memoir
By Dave Haslam
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.
'Beautifully judged account of the Manchester scene . . . There is something of the fairy tale about Dave Haslam's sage joyful testament to the kind of life that nobody could ever plan, a happy aligning of a cultural moment and a young man who instinctively knew that it was his once upon a time' Victoria Segal, Sunday Times
'Witty, sometimes dark, revealing, insightful, everything one could hope for from one of those folk without whom independent music simply wouldn't exist' Classic Rock
Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor is writer and DJ Dave Haslam's wonderfully evocative memoir. It is a masterful insider account of the Hacienda, the rise of Madchester and birth of the rave era, and how music has sound-tracked a life and a generation.
In the late 1970s Dave Haslam was a teenage John Peel listener and Joy Division fan, his face pressed against a 'window', looking in at a world of music, books and ideas. Four decades later, he finds himself in the middle of that world, collaborating with New Order on a series of five shows in Manchester. Into the story of those intervening decades, Haslam weaves a definitive portrait of Manchester as a music city and the impact of a number of life-changing events, such as the nightmare of the Yorkshire Ripper to the shock of the Manchester Arena terror attack.
The cast of Haslam's life reads like a who's who of '70s, '80s and '90s popular culture: Tony Wilson, Nile Rodgers, Terry Hall, Neneh Cherry, Tracey Thorn, John Lydon, Johnny Marr, Ian Brown, Laurent Garnier and David Byrne. From having Morrissey to tea and meeting writers such as Raymond Carver and Jonathan Franzen to discussing masturbation with Viv Albertine and ecstasy with Roisin Murphy, via having a gun pulled on him at the Hacienda and a drug dealer threatening to slit his throat, this is not your usual memoir.
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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24 May 2018
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The Hacienda DJ's beautifully judged account of the Manchester scene . . . There is something of the fairy tale about Dave Haslam's sage memoir of Manchester's cultural life during the 1980s and 1990s . . . Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor . . . is a joyful testament to the kind of life that nobody could ever plan, a happy aligning of a cultural moment and a young man who instinctively knew that it was his once upon a time — Victoria Segal, Sunday Times
A natural storyteller . . . insightful and gripping . . . a full and warm-hearted memoir — The Skinny
Exhilarating . . . For fans of club culture, pop music, youthful exuberance and grown-up wisdom — Q magazine
Resonant and thoughtful . . . Manchester - and British nightlife in general - is lucky to have Haslam as its archivist — The Quietus
Vibrant — Irish Independent