Terri Hooley

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Terri Hooley
Born (1948-12-23) December 23, 1948 (age 70)
Known forFounder of Good Vibrations record label

Terri Hooley (born 23 December 1948) is a prominent figure in the Belfast punk scene and founder of the Good Vibrations record shop and label, responsible for bands such as The Undertones, Rudi, Protex and The Outcasts making their mark on the national music scene in Ireland and Britain. After playing "Teenage Kicks" on BBC national radio John Peel then became a big supporter of the Good Vibrations record label.

Despite growing popularity, though, Good Vibrations filed for bankruptcy in 1982, just as the first wave of British punk had died. Bands that had gone to London, such as Protex and Rudi, went back to Hooley – and Belfast. Hooley's friends later got him a shop called Vintage Records, Co. just around the corner from Good Vibrations.

The label celebrated its 30th anniversary in April 2008.[1]

In October 2010 his book Hooleygan was published by Blackstaff Press and was number four in the local charts at Christmas. A "Terri Hooley For Mayor Of Belfast" Facebook campaign was set up but he declined the offer saying: "There are enough fools in Belfast City Hall, they don't need another one."[2]

Terri's Good Vibes record shop at Winetavern Street, Belfast, was closed down in July 2011. A biopic based on his life, Good Vibrations, came out in 2013, starring Richard Dormer as Hooley, as well as Dylan Moran and Jodie Whittaker.[3][4][5]

In October 2012 Hooley was verbally abused and assaulted by two men while out walking his dog in east Belfast. During the incident Hooley was described as a "Fenian lover" and called "a disgrace to Protestants".[6][7]


  1. ^ Mitchell, Cameron (15 March 2008). "Summer of teenage dreams remembered". BBC. Archived from the original on December 4, 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2009.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  2. ^ Marshall, Mervyn (April 1, 2013). "[Review] Good Vibrations - Heart Strings". Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Extras wanted for Good Vibrations movie". Hot Press. 30 November 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Filming begins on Terri Hooley movie". bbc.co.uk. BBC. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  5. ^ Good Vibrations on IMDb
  6. ^ "Terri Holley's sadness at assault by bigot while walking dog". Belfast Telegraph. 30 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Men threaten punk icon Terri Hooley". bbc.co.uk. BBC. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.

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