Former New Order wildman Peter Hook might not immediately strike one as a natural pedagogue, but his experience and expertise will be at the heart of a new degree course.
BBC News report that Hook is one of a number of music industry names launching a degree course at the University of Central Lancashire. The course will train appoximately ten students in music management and promotion, and promises to be the first of its kind in the UK. Other contributing ‘mentors’ include Ministry of Sound’s Tony Rigg and music venue impresario Aaron Mellor.
Hook claims that he’ll be giving the students some salutary warnings from his famously erratic experiences with Factory Records and legendary Manchester venue The Hacienda. “The way that Factory worked, it was full of very creative people who never looked after business – and that’s why all those businesses crashed.They were based on very idealistic ideas, very creative, very naive. They only rumbled on because Joy Division and New Order’s success paid for all our mistakes. In Factory and the Hacienda – and in many ways in New Order and Joy Division – we never really looked after business.”
The course promises to outline the practical demands and likely pitfalls of a career in music management, but also insists it will foster a “love of music, rather than the love of money”. Let’s hope Hook isn’t timetabled in to teach the people management skills module.