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Terri Hooley, the founder of "Good Vibrations" records, is responsible for bands such as The Undertones making their mark on the national music scene in Britain. After playing "Teenage Kicks" on BBC national radio John Peel became a big supporter of "Good Vibrations" records. The label celebrated its thirty-year anniversary in April 2008. The success of "The Undertones" was a moment of triumph for Terri Hooley, the culmination of a dream that began when he borrowed GBP40 to open a small record shop in the backstreets of Belfast in 1978. It was also the start of a turbulent and colourful thirty year career in the music industry. "Hooleygan" is Terri's remarkable story, from his tireless commitment to local bands and the chequered history of his shop and record label "Good Vibrations" to his volatile encounters with the mainstream music industry, his drinking binges with Bob Dylan and Phil Lynott, and his resilience in the face of setbacks such as arson, bankruptcy, bomb blasts, and attacks by racketeers. An inspirational no-holds-barred story of music and mayhem by a man who has been compared to Tony Wilson and Malcolm McLaren.
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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.

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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 *

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