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My Arts: Peter Hooton

The Farm frontman turns author with a new book about the LFC of yore. Here he shares the more cultural stuff he's been up to

Published on October 19th 2009.

My Arts: Peter Hooton
PETER Hooton was the lead singer in The Farm, responsible for hits such as Stepping Stone and Groovy Train, and still sometimes is when the muse strikes the band to get together again. After music, his big passion is Liverpool Football Club and he has just authored a book on the history of the Reds, published by Haynes, the manual people. Just perfect for your rednosed dad this Yuletide.

Why did you feel it necessary to write a book on Liverpool FC of the old days, and what makes it different from any other book on the subject?
I was recommended, believe it or not, by the editor of United We Stand, a Manchester United fanzine. I had just done an interview with them and it caused a bit of reaction with their readership. I was approached by the agent/ publisher, Haynes, who had just signed a deal with The Daily Mirror to use their extensive photographic archive.

An author called Richard Havers did the original When Football Was Football book which was published in Nov 2008. As soon as they sent me this, I thought I had to do the Liverpool one as the photos and the design made it stand out from the other books on the market.

The original book was a general football book, basically the photographic history of the game in this country and that sold well. The publishers then decided to do club-specific books. There’s a Liverpool one, a Manchester United one and books on Arsenal and Spurs. They are also planning books for Chelsea and Newcastle.

Do you still go to Anfield and do you still have the same passion for ther Reds, despite the changes in the game.
Yes I’m a season ticket holder and even though the game has changed my passion for football remains the same.

Onto other matters, what are your top three albums of all time?
Revolver - The Beatles
What's Going On? - Marvin Gaye
The Clash - The Clash

What were the first and the last records that you bought?

First was Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie, the last- Fleet Foxes by the Seattle band of the same name.

What was the first live gig that you went to?
Cockney Rebel.

And the last?
Mercury 13, The Maybes and Misery Guts at the Williamson Tunnels last week.

Did you pay to get in? And if not, why not?
Yes, because it was young local promoters called Harvest Sun who are promoting concerts in unusual venues.

What was your first professional

A gig in The Sandon Pub in Anfield.

What tune is running around your head at the moment?
The Kinks' Waterloo Sunset.

What newspapers/magazines do you read?
The Observer, The Guardian and the locals.

What word do you most like the sound of?

Which websites do you visit most often?
Red All Over The Land a Liverpool FC website.

Who or what do you listen to on the radio?
Juice, City Talk, Radio Merseyside , 6 Music, Talk Sport.

What was the best television programme ever made?
The World At War

Top film ever?
Once Upon A Time In America.

What book in childhood made the biggest impression on you?
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

What's your current book at bedtime?
Cider With Roadies by Stuart Maconie.

Do you go to the theatre and what did you last see?
Yes. Eric’s The Musical at the Everyman last year.

Who or what makes you laugh?
Bill Hicks still. And Blackadder.

Which public figure do you most admire?
Tony Benn.

What single work of art do you find the most moving?
The Sistine Chapel ceiling.

What is your favourite piece of architecture in Liverpool?
St George’s Hall.

Know any good jokes?
Yeah. Curtis Warren is skint.

*Peter Hooton Will be signing copies of When Football Was Football – Liverpool, A Nostalgic Look at a Century of the Club at Waterstones, Bold Street, Liverpool on Tuesday 20th October from 4pm. It is being held in conjunction with the signing for Simon Hughes book – The Secret Diary of a Liverpool Scout and there will a number of ex-players in attendance.

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