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Post Everything: Outsider Rock and Roll Paperback – 5 Apr 2012
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"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)
"Post Everything is written with such authority that it suggests that Haines has finally found his calling ... 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)
"Luke Haines: genius. I'm pretty sure he'd hate being called a genius, while secretly thinking, Yes, I am one. He is one ... An astute observer of what's going down ... Post Everything is worth your while." (Andrew Collins)
"Reads like being regaled in the pub by a brilliantly indiscreet misanthrope ... Hilarious." (Metro)
"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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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.
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.
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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Not a lot happens here that didn't already happen in his first book, like he says... 21 years to write your first album and then quickly cash in and whip out the dodgy second one. Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2014 by Anthony Bools
Funny, grumpy, revealing. Had me in stitches several times. It's made me dig out Bad Vibes and start again from the beginning.Published on 30 Aug. 2014 by dave
The man is a modern English marvel, with a talent for disfunction. This book and its companion Bad Vibes are essential reading for anyone with an interest in English Rock music.Published on 1 Dec. 2013 by C. Sheldrake
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 morePublished on 2 May 2013 by John F. Wallcraft
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 morePublished on 18 Mar. 2013 by N
Post Everything covers Luke Haines' career from Black Box Recorder onwards. Whilst never quite finding the perfect balance of humour, grumpiness and cynicism as Bad Vibes, this... Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2013 by scruffeh
Arrogant and stylish with it, this book is almost the equal of Bad Vibes. Well worth a read for Haines fans.Published on 29 Jan. 2013 by J. Everington
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 on 10 Jan. 2013 by Mrs. Aileen N. Bracken