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Terri has a hooley in London as film DVD launched

By Anna Maguire

Punk godfather Terri Hooley has celebrated a milestone he thought he'd never live to see.

The Vinyl Factory in London's Soho vibrated with the punk beats of 1970s Belfast for the launch of the Good Vibrations DVD last night.

"The punks are my heroes," Hooley, who recently reopened his Good Vibrations record store for the 11th time, told stars from the film and music industry.

Good Vibrations, which received rave reviews, reconstructs the violence of the Troubles through the career of Hooley, who opened Good Vibrations on Belfast's Great Victoria Street when it was one of the most bombed half-miles in Europe.

He also set up a record label of the same name, releasing the classic Undertones hit Teenage Kicks.

Tom Ravenscroft – son of the legendary Radio1 DJ John Peel, who famously championed The Undertones – mixed seminal tracks from the punk era on the decks at last night's launch party in the capital.

Hooley added: "I never thought I'd live long enough to see this film on DVD.

"I'm so proud to be standing here and incredibly proud of everyone involved in the film.

"I hardly went on set as I trusted them to tell my story, and it's so close to what actually happened."

Good Vibrations is released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 5.

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