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  • Published: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409034391
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

The Charlatans We Are Rock


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The first real biography of The Charlatans - an inspirational tale of pop redemption and survival.

In the crazed aftermath of the late '80s northern pop explosion there have been few survivors. The Charlatans, however, still prosper despite once being percieved as runts of the Manchester music scene. The cruellest of luck has visited heartbreaking death, nervous exhaustion, a jail sentence, and the prospect of falling almost totally out of fashion upon them. And yet, a deceptively tough band with a charismatic lead singer, their combination of unnerving honesty, sheer pop talent, great live shows, and a total and touching commitment to their fans has seen them survive some of the worst disasters that fate has thrown at any pop group. They have remarkable street suss that, with their small town backgrounds makes them totally at one with their huge following -- a relationship that has given them a fistful number one albums. This is a tale of a love of pop and a lust for life. A story of northern pop and a band with guts and a passion for creativity. It traces the rise of the Charlatans from the fringes of the Manchester scene in the late Eighties to thier current position at the top pf British music, one of the key bands of the Nineties in possession of a rare and beautiful canon of great pop tunes.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409034391
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the Author

John Robb

John Robb is a musician, writer, music journalist and TV presenter. He formed the seminal punk/alt-rock band The Membranes in 1977, and still carries the punk flame today as lead singer of Goldblade, renowned for their incendiary live shows. He has written acclaimed biographies of The Stone Roses and The Charlatans, as well as The Nineties: What the F**k Was That All About? and Punk: an oral history, all published by Ebury Press.

http://www.goldblade.com

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