Tim Burgess will release his memoir on April 26th, through Penguin. The Charlatans frontman has written an autobiography, Telling Stories, about his time as a member of the band and the highs and lows that came with it. It will cover the imprisonment and death of keyboardist Rob Collins, as well as Burgess' excesses. It will be priced at £12.99 and will coincide with the 15th anniversary of their number one album, Tellin' Stories, which was released in 1997.
Burgess was born in Salford but was raised in Northwich, Cheshire. He wasn't part of the initial line up of The Charlatans but replaced Baz Ketley, not long after the band formed in 1989. To date, the band has had all eleven of their studio albums reach the Top 40 in the UK Album Charts; with three going to number one. They also have seventeen Top 30 singles, with four in the Top 10.
Journalist and author Emma Forrest says of Burgess' book: 'I long suspected that Tim Burgess, even at the height of his rock God excess, was watching the room, the band, the scene, with Warhol-ian insight and humour. It's all here in this memoir, written with the stylish flow of a novel - light and dark, hilarious and melancholic, never self-serving, utterly self-aware and carried, throughout, with a passionate love affair: music.'
Away from The Charlatans, Burgess produces bands for his own record label, O Genesis; he also DJs around the world and occasionally presents for BBC 6Music. His new solo album, Oh No I Love You, will be released in the autumn of 2012.