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"Official" Charlie Watts biography due out 11 October
Posted by: Cristiano Radtke ()
Date: July 1, 2022 17:30

Official’ Charlie Watts Biography, Authorized by Rolling Stones and Drummer’s Family, on the Way

Charlie’s Good Tonight: The Authorised Biography of Charlie Watts, due out Oct. 11, includes forewords from both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards



By Daniel Kreps


An “official” biography about late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, authorized by both the band and Watts’ family, will arrive this fall.

Charlie’s Good Tonight: The Authorised Biography of Charlie Watts includes forewords from both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and a prelude from the band’s former manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham.

The book was penned by author-broadcaster Paul Sexton, who has followed the Stones for over 30 years. Charlie’s Good Tonight features new interviews with Jagger, Richards, and Ronnie Wood, as well as “countless” family members, friends, and collaborators to paint a portrait of the very private drummer. Watts died on August 24, 2021, at the age of 80.

“Our dear friend Charlie Watts was not just a fantastic drummer but a wonderful person,” the Rolling Stones said in a statement. “He was funny and generous and a man of great taste and we miss him terribly. It’s great that his family have authorized this official biography by Paul Sexton, who’s been writing and broadcasting about Charlie and the band for many years.”

Sexton added in a statement, “One of Charlie’s good friends said to me that he was a very easy man to love. Having had the pleasure of his company on so many occasions over the course of more than a quarter of a century, that’s a sentiment I echo wholeheartedly. To be able, with the help and encouragement of those who knew him best, to draw on my time with this unique man and his fellow Rolling Stones to write his authorized biography, is a thrill and an honor.”

Charlie’s Good Tonight: The Authorised Biography of Charlie Watts — out Oct. 11 in the U.S. via HarperCollins Publishers — also features exclusive and unseen photographs of Watts, provided by those in his inner circle.

“My father was an intensely humble and private person off the stage, who relished and protected his private time at home with us,” Watts’ daughter Seraphina said in a statement. “We were so very touched by the outpouring of love and support from all his fans when he died. We’re very happy and grateful that Paul, who interviewed my father many times over many years, and whom my father liked and respected, is the one writing this very special book about this very special man.”

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Re: "Official" Charlie Watts biography due out 11 October
Posted by: Irix ()
Date: July 1, 2022 17:35


Re: "Official" Charlie Watts biography due out 11 October
Posted by: rebelrebel ()
Date: July 1, 2022 18:01

Thank you for the info. Very much look forward to reading this.

Re: "Official" Charlie Watts biography due out 11 October
Posted by: VoodooLounge13 ()
Date: July 1, 2022 18:40

Hasn't this been published already? Maybe I'm misremembering, but I seem to recall reading somewhere that Paul had published this book, and Charlie was quite pleased with it. I think all that's new are the forewords, no?

Re: "Official" Charlie Watts biography due out 11 October
Posted by: bye bye johnny ()
Date: July 1, 2022 18:46

Thanks, Cristiano.

From the publisher:



Charlie's Good Tonight

The Life, the Times, and the Rolling Stones: The Authorized Biography of Charlie Watts

By Paul Sexton
On Sale: October 11, 2022

256 pages
$27.99

The fully authorized and official biography of legendary Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, one of the world’s most revered and celebrated musicians of the last half century.

Charlie Watts was one of the most decorated musicians in the world, having joined the Rolling Stones, a few months after their formation, early in 1963.

A student of jazz drumming, he was headhunted by the band after bumping into them regularly in London’s rhythm and blues clubs. Once installed at the drum seat, he didn’t miss a gig, album or tour in his 60 years in the band. He was there throughout the swinging sixties, the early shot at superstardom and the Stones' world conquest; and throughout the debauchery of the 1970s, typified by 1972's Exile on Main St., considered one of the great albums of the century. By the 1980s, Charlie was battling his own demons, but emerged unscathed to enhance his unparalleled reputation even further over the ensuing decades.

Watts went through band bust-ups, bereavements and changes in personnel, managers, guitarists and rhythm sections, but remained the rock at the heart of the Rolling Stones for nearly 60 years—the thoughtful, intellectual but no less compelling counterpoint to the raucousness of his bandmates Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood. And this is his story.

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Re: "Official" Charlie Watts biography due out 11 October
Posted by: Irix ()
Date: July 1, 2022 22:50

From The Rolling Stones:

"Coming out this September is Charlie’s Good Tonight: The authorised biography of Charlie Watts written by Paul Sexton, who has been writing and broadcasting about Charlie and the Rolling Stones for many years."



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"Official" Charlie Watts biography - "Charlie's Good Tomight
Posted by: bye bye johnny ()
Date: July 1, 2022 23:12


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So the authorised version comes our a month earlier than the authorized version...

Re: "Official" Charlie Watts biography - Charlie's Good Tonight
Posted by: Irix ()
Date: July 1, 2022 23:15

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bye bye johnny

So the authorised version comes our a month earlier than the authorized version...

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Re: "Official" Charlie Watts biography due out 11 October
Posted by: windmelody ()
Date: July 1, 2022 23:20

This sounds promising.

Re: "Official" Charlie Watts biography due out 11 October
Posted by: 24FPS ()
Date: July 1, 2022 23:22

Not a word about Bill, his closest mate in the band? Won't be a thick book. He's probably the least scandal free, but for a foray into hard drugs in the 80s. No known groupies. Just a damn good drummer.

Re: "Official" Charlie Watts biography due out 11 October
Posted by: Lady Jayne ()
Date: July 2, 2022 00:06

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24FPS
Not a word about Bill, his closest mate in the band? Won't be a thick book. He's probably the least scandal free, but for a foray into hard drugs in the 80s. No known groupies. Just a damn good drummer.

Was Bill his closest mate in the band? I had the impression, certainly in later years, it was Jagger. They certainly were seen together in London and at sporting events more than other Stones. And I think you mean Charlie was the mostscandal free.
I'm pleased they have got a move on with a fully authorised biography so quickly after his death.

Re: "Official" Charlie Watts biography due out 11 October
Posted by: ProfessorWolf ()
Date: July 2, 2022 09:53

i'm sure bill has contributed in some way

anyway i can't wait to read this

sounds like it's gonna be a wonderful addition to my stones library



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