The unabridged digital audiobook edition of Telling Stories, Tim Burgess’s lacerating, frank, and vivid memoir. Read by the actor Craig Parkinson, star of the hit film Control.
The Charlatans have had three UK Number One albums and 17 Top Thirty singles. But they’ve also had to face the imprisonment and death of keyboard player Rob Collins and an accountant who ran off with all their money. Not to mention the rock & roll excesses of singer Tim Burgess. In his startlingly revealing memoir, not ghosted but written by Burgess himself, he describes how they dealt with their crises, and what’s gone right with the band as much as what’s gone wrong. Brought up in a Cheshire village, he went on to front a band that has travelled the world and was at the forefront of the Madchester and Britpop movements.
Telling Stories is a tale of achievement and survival, via a fair bit of heartache, but told with humour. At the centre of it is Tim Burgess’s own story: how someone with a passion for music got to fulfil his dreams. He doesn’t flinch from the dark stuff - the lure of the rock & roll lifestyle, its sweet enticements - and he confesses in vivid detail how he had to pull himself back from the brink. But along the way he had a lot of good times and met some great people while making great music. It’s all here in Telling Stories.
What would have made Telling Stories better?
Not having massive chunks just repeat themselves.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Telling Stories?
Would you be willing to try another one of Craig Parkinson’s performances?
Yes, not his fault the production was so poor. Sound quality was questionable and the repetition became frustrating.
What character would you cut from Telling Stories?
Any additional comments?
Please fix the poor production quality!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sections are repeated, others are missed out. Whole thing sounds like it's been edited with a pair of blunt scissors and sellotape.
Story is really funny, even if you're not a Charlatans fan, so buy the book.