Published Jun 26, 2012Following a string of recent revival tours, Peter Hook and Manchester's legendary Hacienda club have inspired a new master's course at the University of Lancashire.
Hook may not be on great terms with his former bandmates, but the New Order and Joy Division bassist will help launch a master's course in music industry management, the Guardian reports. As a co-owner of the Hacienda, Hook of course had plenty of experience dealing with the ups and downs of venue management.
The Manchester club was notorious for losing money, despite the international fame it acquired for its role in propelling the Madchester scene of the late '80s and early '90s. This run not only inspired Michael Winterbottom's 2002 film 24 Hour Party People, but also spurred co-owner Hook to write a 2009 memoir titled How Not to Run a Club.
Evidently, Hook's learned a few lessons along the way, and the new course will aim to teach students about discovering viable projects, business planning, releasing music and marketing strategies.
Hook currently operates live music venue Factory 251 out of the old Factory Records office in Manchester and will be brought on throughout the new university program as a student mentor.
Issuing a statement about his involvement, Hook said: "I am excited to be involved in a project that's going to offer genuine opportunities to help support the future of the British music industry."