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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434020095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434020096
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nigeyb on 20 Jun 2012
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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 By Christopher Snowdon on 22 July 2011
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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 By Amazon Customer on 12 July 2011
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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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By YeahYeahNoh TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 May 2013
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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 brilliance along the way.
This book picks up where Bad Vibes: Britpop and my part in its downfall left off, and covers the Black Box Recorder part of his career.
It gets a bit repetitive - a lot of time spent essentially feeling sorry for himself down the pub, or on a perhaps drug related journey. Who knows. Either way, such episodes have been written about in a better way by such as Julian Cope (Head On).
Despite that the book has moments of high entertainment, but doesn't maintain the standard set by its predecessor.
It's still got more style and personality than most music autobiographies though, and was worth the read.
Hopefully there will be more to come, both musically, and later, by way of back story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Dec 2011
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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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