The Fall Of The Outsider: Luke Haines
Clash - almost 5 years
Where have all the outsiders gone?
The savants, the nut jobs, the angel-headed hipsters fit to burn the heavenly cosmos of night? All are sadly lacking in the UK right now, with chequebook indie and dollar sign Grime bulldozing the fragile archicture of our pop heritage.
Sometimes it feels like only a few genuine, bona fide outsiders are left. Luke Haines, therefore, is an endangered species.
Creative lynchpin for The Auteurs and Black Box Recorder, his new book 'Post Everything: Outsider Rock & Roll' seems to profile the music industry just as the post-Millennial malaise set in. ClashMusic caught up with Luke Haines to define the fall of the outsider...
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You’re obviously looking back on your own work now, do you see yourself sitting in a tradion of outsiders running through British pop music?
Yes, absolutely. I’m not comparing myself, but people like John Cale, Syd Barrett, Kevin Ayers, especially those kind of people on Harvest Records maybe in the earl