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...by Luke Haines! http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0434018465/
excited by this prospect
it's going to be amazing. \m/
"Heinemann has secured the rights to a "blackly comic" memoir by Luke Haines, lead singer of cult nineties indie band The Auteurs.
Bad Vibes: Britpop and My Part in Its Downfall was acquired by Jason Arthur and will be published in January 2009. It has been described by the publisher as a "scathing, blackly comic memoir of a legendary figure in the music world of the 90's who is variously heralded as the pioneer, the godfather, or the forgotten man of Britpop".
The Auteurs formed in the early nineties and their first album, New Wave, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize."
Scathing and blackly comic? They expected anything else?
Its going to be so arch you could make a cathedral out of it.
BAD VIBES: Britpop and My Part In Its Downfall is the blackly comic memoir of Luke Haines, founder member and acclaimed singer songwriter of the Auteurs, Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder and a legendary figure in the music world where he is variously heralded as the pioneer, the godfather or the forgotten man of Britpop.
In BAD VIBES he remembers the early years of non-recognition: living on the dole and taking his kit on a tractor-tailor to the empty concert halls to the sold-out tours, rivalries with contemporaries such as Suede and Blur, losing the 1993 Mercury Prize award by one vote (and the resultant spell in A&E in the dark hours of the following morning) the fights, the sackings, the press and of course the drugs. Haines has lived it all. Some of the most famous names in the music industry of the 80s and 90s– Alan McGee, Bobby Gillespie, The Go-Betweens, Suede, Sting, St Etienne, New Order, Elastica, Blur, Boo Radleys, The Verve, Oasis, Jarvis Cocker and Pulp, Kurt Cobain, Paul McCartney, Iggy Pop, Steve Albini and Metallica – appear anecdotally. In the book and Haines is never anything less than acute, observant and witty about his contemporaries.
BAD VIBES takes an even darker turn when Haines throws himself from a wall in Spain, an incident, which leaves him in a wheelchair for six months. Although it inspires him to do some of his finest work, the commercial failure of After Murder Park and Baader Meinhoff prompt his to embark on a surreal period of self-administered medical procedures. The final chapter of the book takes place when Haines, now fully restored, returns from self-imposed exile with a new band Black Box Recorder. They begin recording their new album England Made Me on the same day that New Labour comes into power. The book ends in August of that year with two deaths: those of Diana, Princess of Wales and Britpop.
though its a shame it stops at that point, he's still making really interesting stuff. some of the bsides on the impossible to find leeds united ep were top!
i think the luke haines is dead compilation is actually one of my favourite albums ever, even though its a comp.
Definite purchase, this.
he makes a fortune out of his day job as The Stig on Top Gear
going to be recording a new album this year tho. hurrah!
a proper one? not The English Travelling Wilberries i hope? because they're an amusing enough concept but not lifechanging
a rumour that Black Box Recorder were reconvening, but I think Sarah Nixey's got a new solo album on the way instead and John Moore has columns to write.
My chum and bandmate is recording it, such is my SOURCE for this vital information.
Which made me weep.
the drummer from the auteurs got his drumkit nicked. i know this because he lived in chichester and it was in the chichester times when i lived there. the most exciting thing thats ever happened in chichester?
I need this book.
Anyone who lived through/grew up with Britpop needs to get this. It finishes at the end of 1997 so it's almost like a prequel to 'Kill Your Friends' (which I also thought was ace) but the people in it are all very real and very much pissed-upon in an epic fashion rather than just being alluded to... but often done in a self-depricating way and sometimes almost in Alan Partridge I-had-the-last-laugh way.
And also, they've announced a second BBR date at the Luminaire, too.
No, I haven't read Phonogram. I didn't even know Kieron had written a book. I'll get that too!
and a cameo appearance by him as a spirit guide. The first issue of the second volume came out just before Christmas.
but Bad Vibes is something else entirely. It was my last day at Waterstone's today, but someone came in and bought a copy, and I nearly jumped over the counter and hugged them. It was that kind of day.
was as soul-crunching as mine