Telling Stories by Tim Burgess of The Charlatans is one of the
decade's most revealing rock books 'Clear, honest. An unusually
frank and well-written rock memoir' The TimesThe Charlatans.
Madchester. Britpop. Taking on the world. Here are the highs, the
lows, the joys, the agonies, and the stories of what it's like to
be in a rock band, as told by front man and survivor, Tim Burgess.
'Like the best bits of every cautionary rock star tale . . . there
is armed robbery and smuggling. There's serious fraud. There are
near and actual death experiences, divorce, industrial cocaine
consumption and magnificent cameos from Madonna, Alan McGee, Ronnie
Wood, Joe Strummer, LA drug dealer Harry The Dog, and Joaquin
Phoenix. A minor classic' QFor readers who enjoyed Life by Keith
Richards and Bit of a Blur by Alex James, Telling Stories is one of
the finest music books of recent times. It's a story of achievement
and survival, from London to LA. 'A vivid read' Independent on
Sunday'The Charlatans' frontman recalls the heyday of Britpop and
Madchester with endearing exuberance. He's unflinchingly honest
about the bad times but also peppers his story with anecdotal
nuggets about the pitfalls of rock 'n' roll excess' Metro'Burgess
keeps a level head, a sharp eye and a nice turn of phrase'
Independent'Written with the stylish flow of a novel - light and
dark, hilarious and melancholic' Emma Forrest'For a man whose
behaviour borders on the suicidal, Timothy Burgess, the people's
friend, is what you call a life enthusiast. He is also mad. It's a
much-abused word, mad . . . but he really is proper coo-ee clouds
pan-dimensional mad mad' Syliva Patteerson, SkyTim Burgess was born
in Salford but grew up in a village near Northwich, Cheshire.
Leaving school at 16 to work at ICI, his real love was music and
soon afterwards he was invited to join new band The Charlatans. For
twelve years Burgess lived in Los Angeles but he has recently
returned to the UK.