This is a compelling and entertaining tale of a band and their fleeting relationship with success. In many ways it's a timeless story, guys form a band, get signed, sell a truck load of records, tour Japan, then...well I won't give the game away.
What makes this particular story so interesting is the boys themselves. Mary wisely quotes the band members verbatim (over a glass or two, no doubt) and their humour and character really shines through. The band are always likable, grounded and entertaining guys. You really root for them, through all their ups and downs.
The tale also interlaces with ex members of The Smiths, so it's a recommended read of any fan of Morrisey, Marr and Moss, as well as Hooky and New Order.
Buy it. Read it. Share it and enjoy!
by Jon Tindale
After reading the full page article about the book in the NME I knew it was going to be on my Amazon Wishlist pretty soon. Not knowing a lot about the band before I started reading really didnt matter as the story involves so many exciting elements that pick you up and just carry you along that I'm sure I wasn't the only one who at 2am was bargaining with myself that I'd read just one more chapter and then turn off the light!
The internal politics of the band are played out for us against a back drop of record compnay intrigue, the author's own autobiographical connection to the band and the bright lights and dark corners of Manchester's music scene.
Buy it! You'll be glad you did.
by Nick Campbell
Whether you are familiar with Haven's music or not, this beautifully crafted narrative makes for a compelling read. As the title suggests, there is subtlety to the story; the author portrays the band with honesty and sensitivity, giving them room to tell the story largely in their own words.
The real joy of Between the Lines: A History of Haven is the way in which the writer weaves the broader narrative throughout, allowing for its appeal to both fans of Haven and to those who love music, biographies or simply a story of a bunch of guys whom you root for throughout.
Warming, marvellously creative and tingling with subtle emotional energy - this book is a joy and you won't want to put it down.
by Vivienne Lindley
An excellent insight to the evolution of a band who may not have reached the heights they were destined for, but won many admirers along the way. In an extremely fickle industry Haven retained many core fans who urged their continuance and reunion. The book perfectly describes the relationships within the band and various adventures they enjoyed. You don't need to be one of those hard core fans to remember and enjoy this book.
by Paul H
Haven't read it but I know it will be awesome
by Haven Rock