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  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670921289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670921287
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.9 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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. He is well-known as a DJ, and also curated the 2009 Isle of Wight Festival. When not touring with the band, he lives in north London - having just returned from living in LA for ten years.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Fox on 13 May 2012
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Claire on 9 May 2012
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The Charlatans have been a constant, musically, for me since the release of 'Some Friendly'. Along with the Stone Roses they sound tracked my teenage years. Since then I have remained a fan of the band as well as Tim's solo stuff but never really felt as though I knew that much about them. In some ways it was a refreshing change at the time especially during the Gallagher years.
I've read a few music autobiographies, but none so far have had the soul of Tellin Stories. There is no vanity in his writing and he doesn't seem to try to gloss over anything. Tim knows his music that's clear and his recollections of the Hacienda and the Manchester scene were especially interesting to me as someone who would have loved to have been part of it but was,probably a bit young. The book doesn't follow a rigid chronological order but I liked that, Tim clearly has the knack of this writing business and should try it again soon. I cannot recommend highly enough. Thanks Tim, I feel as though I know my favourite band just that little bit better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T-bas on 17 Jun 2013
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Can't say I learnt anything much, there's not really a great deal of personal information in this book. It's a bit repetitive and weaves back and forth through time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damon Pooley on 11 May 2013
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A well written book and one that is not overly self indulgent however there are half stories and little snippets of pop/rock history that would be better expanded upon.

A good holiday read and one that made me dig out all my old Charlatans stuff and then seek out Tim Burgess on the internet to see what he's up to now. A true sign that the book didn't really cover the bases.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jojo on 23 Mar 2013
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I am a big fan of Tim Burgess and this book is a surprise. I wouldn't say it was all sex, drugs and rock and roll like I expected it to be. It's a good insight into a decent bloke's like. It made me like him even more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Wykes on 10 Feb 2013
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I enjoyed reading this autobiography and I read it really quickly. I am a huge fan of everything Brit Pop although not particularly the Charlatans, I just think Tim Burgess is a fascinating character! My main issue is that it does not actually give you much insight into his life. He chronicles events and albums and tours but other than a lot about drug taking I don't think you really get the nitty gritty as it were. I would have enjoyed hearing more about his personal relationships with his family, band members and Wife/Girlfriends. These end up just being sort of peripheral to his music and drug taking. But then I wasn't there, maybe his relationships literally were peripheral to his drug taking! But still I wanted more meat and feeling. I felt like it was more an account of what happened as oppose to an explanation, so I feel a bit short changed as it was not very revealing! However if you love this era and music it's not a long book and it does have interesting moments!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ritchie on 11 Jan 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iangatley27 on 7 Jun 2012
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What a fantastic book...I feel lucky to have seen the Charlatans right from early days, the Winnington rec gig in December 89, was the first of many gigs over the last 23 years. It was nice to see Tim bring back some great memories from the summer of 89 & 90.
There is some great rock n roll stories as you would expect of touring, recording, people around the band, records that inspired Tim. He's been lucky enough to meet many of his idols along the way. He's humble and honest in the accounts of his life, the band, and those close to him.

You don't have to be a Charlatans fan to enjoy this book, If you have any kind of interest in music culture over the last 25 years, from weller to strummer, from Oasis at knebworth to Alan Magee, New Order and the hacienda. Its an worthwhile easy read, buy it, borrow it or steal if you have too....
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