CULTURAL LIFE: TIM BURGESS, SINGER
Friday 11 February 2005
I have always been into books on music. Passion Is a Fashion by Pat Gilbert is the real story of The Clash, a detailed history of the band. I am also reading The Spider with the Platinum Hair about the guitarist Mick Ronson who worked with David Bowie. Dylan's Chronicles Volume One is the first book ever written by him about his life, and it is typical Dylan; very contrary. He never gives anything away. I also like fantasy short stories - The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy is by Tim Burton. It is magical.
With all the current Ray Charles hysteria, I have recently dug out a lot of his records from my collection. I haven't seen the film yet, but I have a lot of his music - particularly his live stuff. I've also been listening to The Clash, and I'm into a guy called Perez Prado and his orchestra: The Voodoo Suite is like a jazz mambo vibe and quite exotic. There is also The Pogues; The Best of Studio One Soul; Augustus Pablo and John Holt. Although this might confuse some people I've been listening to Elton John's Greatest Hits.
I was given the Bob Dylan film Masked and Anonymous. He plays a travelling troubadour called Jack Fate. It is quite funny. His acting is passable. The cast includes Penelope Cruz, Jessica Lange and John Goodman, who play the characters Dylan meets along the way. I have a list of films I want to see - The Aviator and Finding Neverland. I liked Meet The Parents. Meet The Fockers is not a bad sequel, with Robert De Niro, and even Barbra Streisand appears. I haven't seen her in a film for a while.
Theatre, opera, visual arts
I have never been to the opera or theatre. I was really fortunate to meet Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood with the Charlatans and we all got to see his exhibition of paintings in LA of people like Keith Moon, Keith Richards and John Lennon. I try and get to the J Paul Getty Museum in LA, and I like all the free levels at the Tate Modern in London.
`The Charlatans Live At Last' DVD is out on 21 March, and a new album is due later in the year. Tim Burgess features on the new Chemical Brothers album, `Push the Button'.
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Isis 'jihadi bride' claims forced sex with Yazidi girls is never rape because Koran condones it
- 2 Art Garfunkel calls Paul Simon a 'monster' with a Napoleon complex
- 3 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 4 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 5 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
Eurovision 2015: Graham Norton returns with another cutting commentary - his best lines
Art Garfunkel calls Paul Simon a 'monster' with a Napoleon complex
Eurovision 2015 winner: Sweden beats Russia and Italy to take the title from Conchita Wurst
Dheepan, film review: Palme d'Or prize goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Eurovision 2015: Estonia seemingly enters Louis Tomlinson from One Direction
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland