TERRI HOOLEY was born and brought up in Belfast. In 1978 he opened a record shop, and later founded the music label, Good Vibrations. The shop quickly became the hub of the music revolution sweeping Northern Ireland and soon the label had an impressive portfolio of bands. In spite of bankruptcy, arson, and other setbacks, the label, the shop and Terri survived. A biopic, Good Vibrations, is in production and is due for release in February 2011. RICHARD SULLIVAN is Deputy Editor with the Sunday World in Belfast. He has worked on a freelance and full-time basis for a number of other newspapers including the Sunday News, Irish Times, Sunday Tribune and News of the World. As a teenager he hung out in Good Vibrations record store and has been an avid follower of Hooley's chequered fortunes ever since.
a drunken lunatic, a lucid guru, a hilarious storyteller, a cuddly bear and many more things besides. -- Gary Lightbody
What this brilliant book vividly illustrates is that Terri Hooley ... was the spark that lit the bonfire under punk rock. * Sunday World *
a fascinating and hilarious account of how one man opened a record shop, then through no fault of his own, ended up becoming a hero of counter-culture. * artrocker.tv *