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Added 1st February 2024 by The Editor, Alan Wise Project

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Don't Mention The Hacienda - The Adventures Of Alan Wise


John Cooper Clarke, Richard Boon, Phil Jones, Alan Wise
The Hacienda, Carnival Against The Missiles

picture from film by Rob Sellex

Phil Jones started booking bands as a student bar manager at the City of Manchester College and his first big gig in the real world was the Northern Carnival Against The Missiles in August 1981. It was about this time he got to know Alan Wise.

They shared an office with Buzzcocks manager Richard Boon and worked together quite a lot and Phil reckons the association cost him his chance of a job at The Hacienda. For various reasons, Alan was just too risky for the Factory crew.

In the end, he was too dodgy for Phil too - "all promoters are slippery but Alan was especially slippery".

On the the other hand, says Phil, everywhere he goes he meets people who ask after Al - "they still miss him, and so do I".

His anecdotes include the day Alan was asked for washing facilities for the band Bauhaus and came up with a mop bucket. And the night he got chased from Bolton to Manchester by the Angelic Upstarts after omitting to pay them.

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