ISBN 9780670921287 | 240 pages | 17 Jul 2013 | Penguin Global | 5.31 x 8.50in | 18 - AND UP
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Tim Burgess grew up in rural Cheshire but from his mid-teens he 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 three UK number one albums and seventeen Top Thirty singles. They rode the waves of first Madchester then Britpop. The band survived the imprisonment of influential keyboardist Rob Collins on a charge of armed robbery, then the death of Collins in a car accident; their accountant running off with all their money and leaving them with a tax bill of almost £2 million; and in more recent years the rock 'n' roll life-style of Burgess himself as he took himself off to LA, for the music and the drugs.
Packed with incredible stories, this frank and vivid memoir describes the mad life of a rock star: the dynamics of the band, the creativity and the self-destruction, the sex 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 Paul Weller to Oasis.
‘Unusually frank and well written’ Will Hodgkinson, The Times
‘Like the best bits of every other cautionary rock-star tale ... a minor classic in the cluttered, sometimes uninspiring rock-star autobiography field’ Ted Kessler, Q magazine
‘Tim Burgess recalls the heydey of Britpop and Madchester with endearing exuberance. He's unflinchingly honest about the bad times ... but he also peppers his story with anecdotal nuggets about the pitfalls of rock 'n' excess’ Metro
‘Despite his success Burgess' tone is humble throughout. He seems in no doubt as to how lucky he is and is more than happy to share his excitement and wonder at the mad life he has led thus far. This is no cut and paste memoir’ LoudandQuiet
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