Inhis revealing memoir, not ghosted but written by Burgess himself, he describes how he dealt with his crises, and what’s gone right with the band as much as what’s gone wrong.
Brought up in a Cheshire village, he went on to front a band that has travelled the world and was at the forefront of the Madchester and Britpop movements. They may have had three UK Number One albums and seventeen Top Thirty singles but they’ve also had to face the imprisonment and death of keyboard player Rob Collins and an accountant who ran off with all their money. Not to mention the rock’n’roll excesses of front man Tim Burgess.
Telling Stories is a tale of achievement and survival, via a fair bit of heartache, but told with humour. At the centre of it is Tim Burgess’s own story: how someone with a passion for music got to fulfil his dreams. He doesn’t flinch from the dark stuff – the lure of the rock’n’roll lifestyle, its sweet enticements – and he confesses in vivid details how he had to pull himself back from the brink.
An evening with Tim Burgess ‘Telling Stories’
St James Church, 197, Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LLWednesday, 25 April 2012, 7:30PM
Tickets available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm at £20, includes a signed copy of ‘Telling Stories’.
Tickets available from Waterstones Piccadilly 0207 8512419 firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate the launch of ‘Telling Stories’ by Tim Burgess of ‘The Charlatans’ in association with Waterstones.
The evening will include music, chat and a chance to ask Tim questions about his new book. (Doors 6.45pm)