Don't look back in anger
By KAYLEY KRAVITZ | August 17, 2011
Someone once told me, "Britpop is dead. Get over it." But even when the impact, effect, and urgency of a subculture slowly fades away, its principal players remain in the trenches, left to make sense of a world without pop stardom. It's been more than 15 years since Britpop's heyday, and with the exception of one man – the Manic Street Preachers' Richey Edwards, who disappeared suddenly in 1995 – the rest of the cast is still trying to get by, just like the rest of us. Here's what they're up to these days...
Louise Wener, vocalist, Sleeper: Left behind the Sleeperblokes in 1998 to pursue a writing career and motherhood. She's written four novels, and in 2010, switched gears and published her autobiography, "Just For One Day: Adventures In Britpop."
Donna Matthews, guitarist, Elastica: Split from a brief romance with Menswe@r's Chris Gentry and a slightly longer one with Elastica, then proceeded to go bat shit crazy and reinvent herself as a born-again Christian and music therapist.
Martin Rossiter, vocalist, Gene: Following
Gene's split in 2004, Rossiter went to work as a school teacher, and
led his band's brief 2008 reunion to honor of their former manager's
50th birthday. A mouthpiece for social change through his Twitter
account, the Rozzer has stayed active in the British music scene playing
in the Brighton-based group Call Me Jolene. His solo album is due out
later this year.
Sources: Personal accounts and interactions, fan blogs, online reports, UK publications and John Harris' The Last Party.