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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Windmill Books (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099537494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099537496
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The sequel to 2009's Bad Vibes, in which Luke Haines reveals what happened next...

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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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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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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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I thoroughly enjoyed Mr Haines' first book "Bad Vibes", and although I preferred Bad Vibes, this still well worth your shekels. Plenty of laugh out loud moments for me. I loved Lukes' constant incredulity at record companies' willingness to hurl money at him despite never quite reaching the giddy heights of pop stardom. THe book is actually a good documentaion of the 'decline' of record companies from the days when they had more clout and money to throw around and were signing any old shit left right and centre. Halcyon days! My only real critism of it is near the end, when it trails off a bit when Luke ventures into the world of writing musicals, but thats just a minor quibble. I cant wait for the sitcom....
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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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This second installment of Haines memoirs lacks the cohesion and fun of the previous tome. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak as Haines spends his time in the doldrums for a lot of this books duration and so threadbare incidents are stretched beyond breaking point, devices are used with mindless reptition and the tedium of his domestic life and lovesickness permeates the text like an old sock at the bottom of a laundry basket. Having said that, an off beam Haines is infinitely more interesting than his contemporaries could ever be and on occassion there are some laugh out loud moments and typically acidic observations. Its just that not much HAPPENS. If this were a record it would be 'Metal Machine Music' rather than 'Tago Mago'. It seems to be far longer than it actually is and getting to the end of it is a relief rather than a revelation. Also, the ticker tape introductions to each chapter are trite and do nothing for the main text, whilst the Fritz the Cat interludes smack of someone with little to say but a target number of words to hit. Thankfully on record, Haines true vocation in life, he remains unique and ahead of the game. The bit at the Glenn Hoddle press conference is priceless though.
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