Bad Vibes: Britpop and my part in its downfall Paperback – 7 Jan 2010
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"These recollections could be mistaken for a great comic novel... Haines is as funny as he is grumpy" (Independent on Sunday)
"Haines' prolific spleen, pasty English wit and peerless way with a smartly tailored insult was always going to make this memoir essential reading" (Time Out)
"Beautifully acerbic and elegant. . . a viciously funny writer" (Q Magazine)
"A lavishly bitchy memoir packed with gripes, grievances and tall stories told at the expense of other more famous musicians ... Haines has constructed a vivid literary persona for himself as the great, grumpy Nearly Man of 1990s rock ... He pours endless scorn on his amiable peers, who bizarrely seem not to mind or even notice ... Rock's misanthrope in excelsis" (The Sunday Times)
"As entertaining as Spinal Tap" (Guardian)
About the Author
Luke Haines learned guitar in the red light district of Portsmouth and subsequently formally studied music at the London College of Music. His band The Auteurs missed out on the 1992 Mercury Music Prize by one vote - since then he has fronted other acts including Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder.
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Haines is a very accessible writer and gives a great insight into the music industry from the POV of a B-List artist. He has a bag of good bon mots about making music and life on the road and the music biz really engaging a layman like me who loves music but was never in a band or pursuing a career in the industry.
Even more, beyond the immediate music industry and Britpop subject matter, I found it a very interesting in the wider sense of being a memoir about having a creative job. Haines certainly shows how hard it is to begin and then sustain a career as a recording artist, especially while trying to retain a set of artistic ideals.
My only criticism is that the book could have been better edited. Apart from the wonderful fantasy sequence involving Jarvis Cocker and his underpants, Haines' surrealism undermines his otherwise honest and moving memoir. Bad Vibes could easily lose a third of its length and could even be combined with his excellent follow up Post-Everything.
Reading my own views of Oasis, Blur, Echobelly as written by someone who had to exist in their orbit while he struggled with his own sanity and creativity (plus his own ill-treated 'Cellist') is a pleasure and entertaining in the extreme. If you're not a fan, you will be after reading this.