An influential music promoter and producer, and founder of the legendary Good Vibrations record label, Terri Hooley is the undisputed Godfather of Punk. His life has been as colourful and extraordinary as the man himself.
Told here for the first time, Hooleygan is Terri’s own no-holds-barred account of his career in the music industry – a career that began in 1978 when he opened an independent record store in Belfast and that took him from the highs of working with John Peel and bands such as The Undertones, to the lows of bankruptcy and arson.
The rest of Terri’s story is the stuff of myth and legend – volatile encounters with the mainstream music industry; run-ins with Bob Dylan and John Lennon; drinking sessions with Phil Lynott; clashes with paramilitaries and racketeers; and a tireless commitment to local bands and music.
With 50 illustrations, including some posters, flyers and memorabilia from the seventies and eighties, and containing contributions from, amongst others, David Holmes, John O’Neill of The Undertones, and Gary Lightbody and Jonny Quinn of Snow Patrol, Hooleygan is an irreverent, funny and in-your-face account of punk, paramilitaries and the music business.