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4.0 out of 5 stars We need him more than he needs us
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...
Published on 20 Jun. 2012 by nigeyb

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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 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...
Published 22 months ago by YeahYeahNoh


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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, Very cynical, 18 Mar. 2013
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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 provides a dry and amusing insight into his life and works. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 30 Aug. 2014
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Funny, grumpy, revealing. Had me in stitches several times. It's made me dig out Bad Vibes and start again from the beginning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and nasty, 10 Jan. 2013
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Mrs. Aileen N. Bracken "Ingy" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Written with real verve and honesty. Gets you right into the dark heart of the music biz and the even darker mind of Haines.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pipped At The Post, 12 July 2011
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Bela Lugosi's Dad "Bela Lugosi's Dad" (Kent, England) - See all my reviews
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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. His first volume of autobiography 'Bad Vibes' was a hoot - but this - the follow-up that covers the post Auteurs years and runs concurrently to the reign of Tony Blair at No 10 - well, how does the saying go? Not so much.
It seems to me that a little of Luke goes an awful long way, an album every three or four years is fine and dandy but two books in two and a half years and he starts to get on your nerves a bit.
The standard of the writing is variable, to say the least. Luke can be very funny, he's at his absolute best when throwing balls at the coconut heads of the so-called great and good of the pop world (although this time round he tends to go for the easier targets, like poor old Bono) but his endless tales of drunken escapades in and around Camden with Black Box Recorder co-conspirator John Moore grow tiresome very quickly. Equally, some badly misjudged 'fantasy' passages wherein the ghosts of Biggie Smalls and Tupac berate our hero about a concept hip-hop album he is thinking of making leads you to wonder what Luke's relationship with his editor was like, especially when every other business head who ever made a contribution, positive or otherwise, to the Haines career is roundly dismissed as a See You Next Tuesday.
The appendix at the back of the book also reveals some peculiarities of taste, especially after he's had a go at the likes of Magazine and Throbbing Gristle for daring to rekindle old fires.
But Luke, being Luke, is always right and the rest of the world is always wrong, God is in his Heaven and all is right with the world. Here endeth the lesson.
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