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

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  267 ratings  ·  25 reviews
'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, eve ...more
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Published September 24th 2019 by Constable
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Greg Thorpe
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve done the train journey from Blackpool to Manchester so many times it’s just a part of me, and even though Manchester these days is very nearly unrecognisable compared to my first visits back in 1993 (aged 15), sometimes I still feel the same thrill as I did back then, even after living here for 21 years.

It happened again last week, the sun was blazing, the cooling towers began to replace the trees outside, ‘Shoot You Down’ by the Roses came on my headphones as I devoured a chapter entitled
Piers Haslam
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio
I've been a little unsure how to approach this review, for obvious reasons, but I told myself I would write one. Most of the points of reference in this book were a bit obscure to me... I don't have any great knowledge of the Haçienda or Madchester, so my reading was more focused on my interest in Dave, and the book is really moving in that regard. He talks very intimately and revealingly throughout the book. As any good memoir should, it does fantastically well at dwelling on how we understand ...more
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Transports you to Manchester in the 1990s - the name dropping in this book is insane!
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
A really wonderful personal journey though art and music, Manchester and curiosity. Full of optimism, curiosity and warmth for music and culture.
Kris Ball
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After frequenting the Hac on many nights I really enjoyed this book and knew of some of the stories Dave talked about. If you were into the early club and Manchester music scene ( late 80’s onwards) you’ll especially enjoy this
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction
Picked up at an author reading at my local library. Mr Haslam arrived late due to train issues, but he was on sparkling form.
The book is a joy to read, and transported me back to those heady days of the Hacienda.
He forthright in his writing and doesn’t pull any punches. But it’s not written with vitriol, just his heart on his sleeve and passion for life and music.
Simon Hardman
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A DJ Made My Life

A very enjoyable read and took me back to the Manchester of the Boardwalk, Hacienda and the Venue. However the rest of the book is equally as interesting and thought provoking with Mr Haslam’s view on the world being very similar to mine - though I’m not sure I could sell my vinyl collection!
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
I wanted to read this book because the eponymous floor was next door (you can see my kitchen window in one of the photographs in the book)... I have a memory of a nice lad who looked like Dave, so probably was Dave, and popping round once (not as grotty inside as billed by some who feature in the book, although it is entirely possible our conversation was a lot about cockroaches) I will not have been next door when Morrissey came to be offered cauliflower cheese but only because it was the day a ...more
Mike Clarke
Ten storey love song: as a paean to Madchester this isn’t half bad; as a memoir it’s got its moments but is about a hundred pages too long and feels like reading seventy issues of Debris stapled together. I feel rotten saying that, as Dave’s a lovely bloke (and spot on about Morrissey) who I used to see hanging about at gigs during my indie kid phase - typically 1987 at the Boardwalk watching a group called Emily or Talulah Gosh (wistful young men in stretched sweaters). He was one of those like ...more
Jul 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, I think. A classic 7/10 good book.

A different, refreshing take on the whole Factory scene / drama / story / myth. All the stuff about Debris, his interviewing techniques, and his various DJing escapades were really interesting too - Haslam has this crazy writing style which involves a lot seemingly unrelated paragraphs culminating in a story which binds them all together and random titbits of information which only reveal their true significance once they're mentioned again later on.
andrew brotherton
Iv been a few of the old places that Dave remembers in his book..Must admit i did prefer old rundown Manchester to the shiny sellout it is now..
Good stories of his meeting of certain people fascinated me but i do worry about stuff like this Manchester international festival, it sounds like a complete bore fest to me but i would consider wandering round some of the art galleries hes mentioned..

Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boring, self-righteous, name-dropping without fun anecdotes embellished with the erudition that Haslam attributes to himself. Someone with a moderate interest in the Manchester scene already knows about everything the man describes. Listing names starting with yourself is just one of the signs of how much the author likes himself. Loss of time.
Lucy Nichol
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this. Not only did I learn a lot (I realise now how embarrassingly limited my music knowledge is!!) but it was also very real, very human and very authentic - with a heap of vulnerability to boot, which just made it even more endearing. A great memoir, brilliantly written, that had me smiling and chuckling at points. Highly recommended
Luc Sponger
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Manchester, de kracht van de dansvloer, het voor her eerst zien van een fantastische band samen met 14 anderen maar ook de vragen en twijfels die horen bij ouder worden ... Dave Haslam’s memoires zijn met veel gevoel geschreven en een must voor iedere oude Indie fan of acid house head.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb book, an excellent memoir of Dave's time in music in Manchester, so much from my younger years and later years. Name checked a Smiths concert in Sheffield in 1983 that I was at and a New Order concert in Manchester in 2017 ...more
John Porter
I thought this was OK for what it was. Decent picture of the time period and all, just found it was written by someone who I could only imagine being in love with the sound of his own voice. Some good stories and moments, but a little like listening to the pub bore.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book filled the little dance floor in my head. Loved it!
Gareth Kay
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great and honest memoir of a man who has been around and part of some of the most important parts of British culture of the last 50 years
Derek Bell
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You'll wish you were Dave Haslam once you've finished reading this. He's lived the life I would love to have lived (even the low points) and continues to do so. ...more
Chris McLean
Jul 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting book and really easy read.
Alan Fricker
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Fun but patchy. You need to know a certain amount of the music / bands. Great Happy Mondays fax machine anecdote
Udi Ehrlich
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for any music lover out there !
Pamela Lopez
Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I was born in the 80’s and was from Manchester
Chris Ball
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Dave Haslam is an author and DJ. Originally from Moseley, Birmingham, he moved to Manchester in 1980, making his name as a DJ with 450 appearances at the Haçienda nightclub, including Thursday's Temperance club night in the late 1980s. In the 1990s he also hosted the weekly night Yellow at the Boardwalk nightclub in Manchester. His more recent DJ shows include clubs in Italy, USA, France, and Germ ...more

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