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Bad Vibes

Britpop and my part in its downfall

By Luke Haines

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| Mass Market Paperback | 9780434018468

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First, you fail. After four years of gigs no one attends, songs no one hears, perfect haircuts no one sees … London in the late eighties – where the pubs still close in the afternoon and dance music rules – is no place for an avant-garde songwriter l Continue

First, you fail. After four years of gigs no one attends, songs no one hears, perfect haircuts no one sees … London in the late eighties – where the pubs still close in the afternoon and dance music rules – is no place for an avant-garde songwriter like Luke Haines to be. Luke Haines, after all, has never been to a rave. One near-death experience later and there’s nothing left to lose. With just a ruined piano and a couple of cardboard boxes, you record a demo in your flat, form a new band and give it a pretentious name.

Forget Blur/Oasis and Cool Britannia, none of that actually happened. This is the real story of English Rock in the nineties. Luke Haines has the inside line: from the teenage rampage of the early tours with Suede, mainstream success in France and failure in America, to the break-up of The Auteurs, the death of Britpop (the idiot runt-child of all music genres) and the birth of strange and frightening new projects Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder. In scathing and worryingly funny prose, Haines presents the evidence: Pulp, Elastica, Iggy Pop, Kurt Cobain (and his hatred of mushrooms), and the dark studio magic of Steve Albini. Plus the sackings, the surreal self-medicating procedures, how to be a bad loser at the 1993 Mercury Music Prize, and what it’s like to be attacked on stage by a vicious, drunken dwarf.

Bad Vibes is a pitch-black comic memoir from a legendary figure in the music world, variously described as pioneer, godfather or forgotten man of Britpop.

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    In questa breve e circostanziata biografia Haines (ex-The Auteurs, ex-Baader Meinhof, ex-Black Box Recorder, ex-molte altre cose) prende le distanze da tutto, soprattutto dal movimento che ha inavvertitamente contribuito a far nascere (Britpop) ma di ...(continue)

    In questa breve e circostanziata biografia Haines (ex-The Auteurs, ex-Baader Meinhof, ex-Black Box Recorder, ex-molte altre cose) prende le distanze da tutto, soprattutto dal movimento che ha inavvertitamente contribuito a far nascere (Britpop) ma di cui non ha mai fatto parte (prova ne è la sua invidiabile longevità artistica). Non si tratta di una biografia "onesta", ché l'ego di Haines tracima ovunque, ma di uno sguardo divertente e naif ad anni, gli ultimi, in cui i negozi di dischi avevano ancora una loro ragione d'essere e le edicole affogavano nella stampa musicale.

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    Giovanni Linke Casalucci said on Jan 6, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    Brilliant! The not-so-famous Luke Haines ranting at everything and everybody. Bizarre and often very funny.

    bizarre
    –adjective
    markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; ou ...(continue)

    Brilliant! The not-so-famous Luke Haines ranting at everything and everybody. Bizarre and often very funny.

    bizarre
    –adjective
    markedly unusual in appearance, style, or general character and often involving incongruous or unexpected elements; outrageously or whimsically strange; odd: bizarre clothing; bizarre behavior.

    The Auteurs themselves passed me by, I was far too busy with blur et al, this book shows that whole period in a wonderfully dark new light.

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    M said on Mar 27, 2010 | Add your feedback

Book Details

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  • English Books
  • Mass Market Paperback 243 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0434018465
  • ISBN-13: 9780434018468
  • Publisher: William Heinemann
  • Publish date: 2009-01-01
  • Dimensions: 116 mm x 870 mm x 1,392 mm
  • Also available as: Paperback , eBook
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