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Telling Stories [Kindle Edition]

Tim Burgess
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 Times



The 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' Q



For 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, Sky



Tim 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.


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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)

About the Author

Tim 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. They went on to have three UK no 1 albums and seventeen Top 30 singles. For twelve years Burgess lived in Los Angeles but he has recently returned to the UK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14306 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241957982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241957981
  • ASIN: B007FXIHM8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totes amazeballs 13 May 2012
Format:Paperback
I have to admit i was pleasantly surprised (sorry Tim). Not a fan of the memoir, I often find them stale and lifeless. This couldn't have been anymore different, i loved every single word! It was funny, genuine, charming and ever so slightly erratic!

Having been a fan of the charlatans for seventeen years i loved learning the inside story of the bands beginnings. Tim's enthusiasm for music is clear, I found it endearing and reading the book has introduced me to stuff I'd never heard before and is now firmly on my play list.

I could hear Tim's voice telling his story as i read, leaving me in no doubt that these were his words and no-one else's. I read the entire book in one sitting (with toilet breaks) i just couldnt put it down. By far my favourite book in ages.

Everyone should read this book, charlatans fan (who isn't and why?) or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazeballs (I had to say it) 10 May 2012
Format:Paperback
As a Charlatans fan I had high hopes when I bought this book, and I wasn't in any way disappointed.

From the very first page I was absolutely hooked, the writing is excellent and the stories and anecdotes recounted in such a clear way you can really picture the scenes you are taken into.

It's a seriously honest book, shockingly so at times; but that is more refreshing than anything. There are no holds barred, the ups and downs of the rock n roll lifestyle laid bare for everyone to see.

The thing I really, really loved about the book however, is the way that Tim's passion for music absolutely leaps off the page at you; you'll be reading about his time clubbing at The Hacienda and the whole chapter is interspersed with lists of bands, LPs and songs to listen to. At times it's as if he can't help his enthusiasm for music taking over and you end up with brackets full of lists of songs to introduce yourself to the band he's just talked about.

With that in mind, I honestly recommend reading with music access close by - I ended up creating a playlist as I went which really added to the whole experience of reading the book. (and for a couple of chapters you want to listen to a full Charlatans album as you read).

It isn't like a lot of autobiographies in that it isn't 100% in chronological order, it's more a series of themes which, whilst they follow on from each other, do overlap. It's not traditional, but it really works, and gives you more of an insight into his mindset than a simple a-b approach.

I really can't recommend this enough - grab a cuppa, get your music on and spend a weekend engrossed in the book - you won't regret it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A story worth telling 11 Jan. 2013
Format:Paperback
As with most people who read this book I am a long standing fan of The Charlatans and of Tim's music.
It was great to read about Tim's earlier life, his passion for music from an early age and how he sought out the bands of his generation to learn more about and immerse himself in their music.
The ease with which he moved into the more seedy side of rock and roll life is told well and compellingly. Tim is an engaging character who has always given huge amounts back to his fans, especially giving of his own time in connecting with fans.
Tim is likeable, engaging guy and is open and honest about the times when he probably hasn't been a great person to be around and the very obvious reasons for this. I like the way he dismissed the unluckiest band in the world tag. Losing a great friend shouldn't be labelled unlucky.
Track by track reviews of Some Friendly and You Cross my Path are worked in well, though I would have loved this for Tellin'Stories as well.
I've picked up some new music to listen to and a greater understanding of the journey he's been through. My only criticism is that some of the story is covered to quickly, the rise to success left me wanting more particularly.
Overall I really enjoyed the book, The Charlatans fans will love it and any music fan will get enough out of it to be well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2-0 to music 14 May 2012
Format:Paperback
I first saw The Charlatans back in 2002 when they played Finsbury Park with Oasis. I was bitten by The Charlatans bug and have been intrigued with their story ever since. When I heard about Tim writing a book, and releasing it on my 30th birthday, I thought it was an ideal opportunity for me to learn more about the band, and Tim in particular. As I type I have 'Impossible' wafting around the room...

Telling stories is the most brutal and honest music story I have read since 'Renegade' by Mark. E. Smith. It will make you laugh, cry, and all the emotions in between. I would recommend this book to all lovers of real music, and lovers of hair cuts. Paul Weller once complimented Tim's hair.....back in the 90's mind you! Joking aside, this is a great book and Tim will not disappoint you if you want the full nitty gritty of his life as a Charlatan(see chapter 2, Cocainus. Probably best not let your mother read this bit, though!!).

All in all, 10 out of 10 for this, in what I hope is the first part of a series of books from Mr B. His warm and welcoming personality shines throughout. An ace read, and what's more, I have mine signed by the man himself :)

Looking forward to the next chapter Tim! x
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Boring trumpet blowing. I love the Charlatans but it seems Tim takes himself a little too seriously.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Simon Bridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, good read
Published 3 months ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very honest.
Published 5 months ago by mr andrew j moyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome
Published 5 months ago by sammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Made me laugh, made me cry, loved it. love Tim Burgess and the charlatans. This book kept me company on holiday, couldn't put it down!! X
Published 7 months ago by michelle lee
4.0 out of 5 stars bit pricey for a paper back
big pricey for a paperback ,but its a gift and hubby was well pleased at getting it .
Published 10 months ago by Sharon Beebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly NOT a Charlatan!
A great account by one of the survivors of the baggy era, constantly reinventing himself through his music and lifes experiences. Read more
Published 10 months ago by David McFadden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Recieved the book very happy with purchase and shall look forward to reading.
Published 11 months ago by Angela Coleman
2.0 out of 5 stars Sex drugs and rock' 'n'roll without the sex.
I was looking forward to reading this book as I had heard in the past that Tim and the rest of the band where wild and I wanted to know what they got up to. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ian Pirritt
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful memoir
Tim Burgess, lead singer and frontman with The Charlatans, has lead a life immersed in music.

I was particularly interested to read Telling Stories because The... Read more
Published 21 months ago by K. L. Beeden
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