Penguin Book

Telling Stories

Tim Burgess

A laceratingly frank and vivid memoir by the lead singer of indie rock-band The Charlatans.

From his mid-teens Tim Burgess spent as much time as he could at the legendary Hacienda in Manchester. He was invited to be the vocalist in newly formed The Charlatans, who went from supporting The Stone Roses to having four number one singles and riding the wave of Britpop. The band survived first the imprisonment of influential keyboardist Rob Collins on a charge of armed robbery, then the death of Collins in a car accident; and in more recent years the actions of Burgess himself as he disappeared into the music and drugs scene of Los Angeles. In this sharply honest memoir, Burgess describes the mad life of a rock star: the dynamics of the band, the creativity, self-destruction and the drugs, but also the rock 'n' roll - his obsession with music shines off the page as he writes about his influences and his encounters, from Dylan to New Order, from the Rolling Stones to Oasis.

Tim Burgess was born in Salford in 1967 and grew up in Northwich, Cheshire. He is the lead singer of the indie rock band The Charlatans with whom he has had four number one singles.

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  • Arts and Culture
  • Biography and Memoir
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216 x 135mm
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