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Telling Stories by [Burgess, Tim]
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"Burgess keeps a level head, a sharp eye and a nice turn of phrase." "Independent""

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: 14799 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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The Charlatans are a band that have a very loyal fanbase, and Tim Burgess is very loyal to them in return. I'll admit that I like a lot of their music, I've seen them live, but I don't own any of their studio albums (I do have Melting Pot, which I like a lot).

I do know some of their history, particularly the period before and after the death of Rob Collins, and I was looking forward to reading about those heady days of rock and roll. Maybe my expectation were set too high, but I felt a bit short changed.

I read Slash: The Autobiography recently. Now there is a story of Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll. Tim Burgess admits that he only really revelled in the latter two, but it seems he revelled so much, that he can't recall most of it. I had hoped he'd capture the emotion of the time around their rocketing popularity, but he flies through it. One minute he's gigging in London, the next he's on tour in Japan. I was expecting some more emotion around the time of Rob's death, but there is none, it's almost mentioned in passing. Then there's the story of the runaway accountant, which he cannot explain, because he was so out of it, he barely remembers it.

There are some lovely side stories of dallying with the law, touring with legends and coming to terms with his demons. Those moments of insecurity and modesty are worth the price of this book. But there is also a lot of indulgence, listing all the famous people he met in LA, quoting entire magazine articles, and comparing his work to legends.

I've no doubt that his loyal fanbase will absolutely love this book, but I think if you are hoping for a warts-and-all revelation, and you are not a hardcore fan, then you will be left wanting more.
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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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