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!