i highly recommend the liner notes link by Tim Lawrence -- he is not embarrassed to explain how poor the sound was at the Hacienda, especially in it's earlier years. i bought the double cd from virgin megastore in union square (r.i.p.) on sale, and honestly it was worth it for the liner notes alone!
the hacienda comes across as a half-baked but progressive idea that was mired in incompetent management in its early years, then accidentally stumbled into becoming the backdrop for a huge cultural movement later on.
personally i think the architecture is one of the best examples of postmodern design around, but no one talks about that! would have loved to see it in its early years and its heyday.