RBMA Terri Hooley | Ross Killeen



In the 1970s, Northern Ireland was considered a musical wasteland. The bands sought recognition and found it difficult to hear due to geography and politics. In a worry-free environment, there were few opportunities for people to listen to and interact with new music. Terri Hooley changed it all. In the late 1970s, Terri opened a record store, “Good Vibrations,” on Europe’s most bombed street at the time. The record store was an important center of the local music landscape. Inspired by the people he met through the store and the talent he saw in Belfast, he put up a sign of the same name. Later, the record company released music from many bands from the Belfast punk and ska scene. The self-confessed “terrible businessman” Terri watched the store open and close 11 times and the label never brought much revenue. Despite everything, Terri continued. The colossus of the Northern Irish music landscape, Terri Hooley, is a living legend. Without Terri, many punk bands would not have been heard in times of need. Terri’s courage and determination ensured that this would not be the case. He unleashed the Bunker Revolution, which took Belfast back to the musical map. Terri and I spent the weekend in his beloved city of Belfast. He showed us some of his old ghosts and gave us new insights into his life in music. For the 65-year-old, Terris still has the energy and enthusiasm of a young punk. Commissioned by: Red Bull Director: Ross Killeen Producer: Ellen Kenny Camera: Albert Hooi Editor: Joe Rigby Motion Graphics: Jonny Costello, Will Lanham Adultartclub

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