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4.0 out of 5 stars An honest, insightful look into the music scene, 10 Nov 2013
K. L. Beeden (uk) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Telling Stories (Paperback)
Tim Burgess, lead singer and frontman with The Charlatans, has lead a life immersed in music.

Burgess talks about his teenage years clubbing in Manchester, particularly at the legendary Hacienda, and his early experiences of substance abuse. As a vinyl collector he is knowledgeable about an eclectic mix of artists and bands, name-checking and recommending them throughout the book. You'll be reaching for your music collection (or youtube for some of the more obscure recommendations) as you read. Then of course there are his experiences as a musician. The Charlatans are often referred to as part of the 'Madchester' scene and also the later Indie/Britpop genre. However, part of the beauty of The Charlatans is their constantly evolving sound, and when you read Telling Stories and see the diverse list of influences, it becomes apparent just why their sound transcends so many genres.

Most music memoirs are chock-full of sex, drugs and rock and roll. Burgess himself acknowledges that drugs and rock and roll were his focus, openly admitting to the methods he used to smuggle drugs across borders and his drug reliance which he refers to as self-medication. The tragic death of bandmate Rob Collins, fraud scandal and armed robbery add depth and emotion to this compelling autobiography.

An honest, insightful look into the mind of a notable musician, Telling Stories is an interesting memoir which will particularly appeal to music fans of a certain age.
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Telling Stories by Tim Burgess (Paperback - 4 July 2013)
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