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Post Everything: Outsider Rock and Roll

Post Everything: Outsider Rock and Roll [Kindle Edition]

Luke Haines
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"Post Everything is written with such authority that it suggests that Haines has finally found his calling: indeed, it's almost as if he's deliberately sabotaged his career until now to give himself something to write about...The book's best sections are concerned with genuine failure...He brilliantly describes two years of futile effort, and the true pain of collaborative endeavours...But Haines's pain provides our pleasure." (Matt Thorne Independent)

"Haines was always too clever to be a pop star...As a writer, though, he's a national treasure-in-waiting, cutting through the pomp with drily hilarious anecdotes. Post Everything sums up the silliness of the indie scene perfectly." (Mail on Sunday)

"Haines manages to maintain a degree of objectivity and offers us a perspective on the music industry as it turns to dust. It helps that he is funny. Like an articulate but permanently pissed uncle, he's a master of the clever cuss and an enthusiastic employer of the tangential footnote...This is an enjoyably smirksome read." (Time Out)

""Must never end up like Bobby Gillespie" It's not a bad strategy for life, and happily one the ferociously talented Luke Haines continues to adhere to in his follow-up to Bad Vibes. Resuming from where that excoriatingly brilliant book left off...Grimly amusing." (Word)

"Thrilling...Against the backdrop of a collapsing music business, the rise of Simon Cowell, reality TV, war, and the great New labour disappointment, this is that very British of things - a celebration of heroic failure...Now that Luke Haines' musical memoirs are complete...let's see where he casts his gimlet eye and chooses to let his pen run next." (NME, Book of the Week)

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The sequel to 2009's Bad Vibes, in which Luke Haines reveals what happened next...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00593JNDI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We need him more than he needs us 20 Jun 2012
By nigeyb
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Anther enjoyable romp through the murky mind and memories of Mr Luke Haines. If you're reading this then you're probably already aware of Mr Haines' oeuvre. Suffice to say he's one of those under-appreciated English mavericks who manage to carve out a career on the fringes of popular music. He is - in short - a national treasure. His books, like his music, offer black humour, wit, and a welcome respite from the mainstream, and - yes - entertainment. This is showbusiness after all, and there's no business...

Post Everything follows on from Bad Vibes: Britpop and my part in its downfall, his previous memoir, and between them they offer an alternative history of Britpop and beyond. Probably all you'll ever need to read on that overhyped musical period (although Kill Your Friends is a hilarious read and one I heartily recommend). So. In. A. Nutshell. Buy this. Read it. And then give Mr Haines some more money. We need him more than he needs us.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware of the underdog 22 July 2011
Haines is back with his wonderful obsessions - Lord Lucan, Gary Glitter, Peter Sutcliffe, Jonathan King, Billie Piper et al. I didn't know that the great man spent two years working on a musical about Sussex-based dodgy landlord Nicholas van Hoogstraten but, in retrospect, it seems unimaginable that he would have done anything else.

Aside from (possibly) one hit single, the music discussed in this book was never whistled by your milkman. I happen to own all the LPs mentioned herein but that, apparently, makes me something of an outlier. And there are better places to get yer celebrity anecdotes; Haines briefly talking to Chrissie Hynde and nearly talking to Bono and Philip from Rising Damp are the nearest we get to insider gossip here. No matter. This, even more than Bad Vibes, is about the writing, and the writing is very sharp indeed. Witheringly funny from start to (rather abrupt) finish, this is a book about the last spasms of the music industry written by its most erudite snarling underdog. Bring on volume 3, if only to hear about how he came to release 50 albums in one day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post Everything - better than Bad Vibes 12 July 2011
If you liked the first Haines epic, Bad Vibes, you'll like this - but this one is even better. Whatever goes on, in Haines brain-box, we now know more about it. He's clever, funny, and is caustic in all the right places. It's a page turner; and I know I'll read this again. (I read Bad Vibes three times.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Delicious Rant 30 Dec 2011
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
For those of us with strong opinions on all things musical and cultural, and, let's face it, they don't come any more opinionated than the multi-talented Mr Haines, Post Everything presents another veritable smorgasbord of all things good and bad (but mostly bad) with the British cultural scene in the period 1997 to 2005. Essentially, this covers the period when Haines' The Auteurs were finally winding down (or should that be winding up?) with the How I Learned To Love The Bootboys Album, and Black Box Recorder (his collaboration with ex-Jesus and Mary Chainer John Moore) 'enjoyed' relative success (including an appearance on Top Of The Pops), releasing three albums in the period to 2003.

As you might expect, Post Everything carries on very much in the same vein as Haines earlier missive Bad Vibes: Britpop and My Part In Its Downfall, as Haines scathingly lays into all things from record company machinations to Bono to Glenn Hoddle to intra-band relationships (re. that burgeoning between messrs. Moore and Nixey). There are also hilarious sections on (figment of Haines' imagination?) obscure transgender German professor Karl Wilkie's treatise on The Theory of the Moron and Haines' surreal companion Sam the Dead Cat, who provides invaluable advice on the best recipe for scrambled eggs. Back on planet earth, however, Haines also reveals his 'human' side as he declares his love for journalist and author (latterly wife) Sian Pattenden, and includes fascinating accounts of his attempts to branch into soundtrack composition (for the film Christy Malry's Own Double Entry, which disappeared in the wake of 9/11) and then musical theatre, via his collaboration on 'doomed to fail' National Theatre production Property, based on the life of corrupt property magnate Nicholas van Hoogstraten.

A near unputdownable, page turner!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And Primal Scream are still going...... 20 July 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed Mr Haines' first book "Bad Vibes", and although I preferred Bad Vibes, this still well worth your shekels. Plenty of laugh out loud moments for me. I loved Lukes' constant incredulity at record companies' willingness to hurl money at him despite never quite reaching the giddy heights of pop stardom. THe book is actually a good documentaion of the 'decline' of record companies from the days when they had more clout and money to throw around and were signing any old shit left right and centre. Halcyon days! My only real critism of it is near the end, when it trails off a bit when Luke ventures into the world of writing musicals, but thats just a minor quibble. I cant wait for the sitcom....
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Diminishing returns 13 Jan 2012
This second installment of Haines memoirs lacks the cohesion and fun of the previous tome. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak as Haines spends his time in the doldrums for a lot of this books duration and so threadbare incidents are stretched beyond breaking point, devices are used with mindless reptition and the tedium of his domestic life and lovesickness permeates the text like an old sock at the bottom of a laundry basket. Having said that, an off beam Haines is infinitely more interesting than his contemporaries could ever be and on occassion there are some laugh out loud moments and typically acidic observations. Its just that not much HAPPENS. If this were a record it would be 'Metal Machine Music' rather than 'Tago Mago'. It seems to be far longer than it actually is and getting to the end of it is a relief rather than a revelation. Also, the ticker tape introductions to each chapter are trite and do nothing for the main text, whilst the Fritz the Cat interludes smack of someone with little to say but a target number of words to hit. Thankfully on record, Haines true vocation in life, he remains unique and ahead of the game. The bit at the Glenn Hoddle press conference is priceless though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but Bad Vibes is better
It's often the case that pop stars produce their better work early in their careers.
I'm not sure this is wholly true for Haines, who has produced some works of true... Read more
Published 15 months ago by YeahYeahNoh
5.0 out of 5 stars Pointless brilliance
Whether you agree with Haines about this and that and whether you're a fan of Black Box or the Auteurs hardly matters because, the fact is, Haines is simply one of the funniest... Read more
Published 15 months ago by John F. Wallcraft
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, Very cynical
I don't know if I'd like Luke Haines in person. His books give the impression that he wouldn't like me,,, (simply a numbers thing, he likes very few people), however his writing... Read more
Published 17 months ago by N
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and nasty
Written with real verve and honesty. Gets you right into the dark heart of the music biz and the even darker mind of Haines.
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. Aileen N. Bracken
5.0 out of 5 stars Post Everything: Outsider Rock and Roll 1997-2005
Hugely entertaining read, and very, very funny. The fictionalized dead rappers and talking cat episodes may not be to every reader's taste, but they work well as a device here as... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dave Gilmour's cat
2.0 out of 5 stars Pipped At The Post
The music bizz (sic) needs artistes like Haines, he is irksome, often unlikable, more than a bit full of himself and his records are, more often than not, works of genius. Read more
Published on 12 July 2011 by Bela Lugosi's Dad
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