Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor: Music, Manchester, and More: A Memoir (Paperback)
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Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor: Music, Manchester, and More: A Memoir (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages
Published: 25/04/2019
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'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.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781472127518
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 26 mm


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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

The easy-read essential of the summer - DJ magazine

Wonderful - Maria Balshaw, Observer

Book of the year - Gilles Peterson

So good . . . an incredible work - Black Madonna

Terrific stuff . . . looking back, looking forward and looking at the here and now - Ian Rankin

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