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Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor

Sunday 11 Nov  |  12.15pm

‘Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor’ documents Dave Haslam’s encounters with inspiring characters including Tony Wilson, Nile Rodgers, Neneh Cherry, Tracey Thorn, John Peel, Mark E Smith, Ian Brown, and John Lydon. Morrissey comes to tea; he meets writers including Raymond Carver and Jonathan Franzen; he discusses masturbation with Viv Albertine; he has a gun pulled on him at the Hacienda, a drug dealer threatens to slit his throat; Sonic Youth sleep on his floor; and a crew of lesbians in Paris save his life.

In the late 1970s, he was a teenage John Peel listener and Joy Division fan. In 2017, four decades later, he works with New Order on a series of five shows in Manchester. Haslam tells the story of those decades, including the impact of life-shaking events (from the nightmare of the Yorkshire Ripper to the shock of the Manchester Arena terror attack).

The reviewer in The Sunday Times, Victoria Segal described the book as “Smart… beautifully written…utterly endearing… a joyful testament to the kind of life that nobody could ever plan”

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