As well as covering success, tragedy and all the ups-and-downs of being in one of the most enduring British bands, there was a little anecdote about members of the group blowing cocaine up each other's bums.
Naturally, Digital Spy got right on the blower (ahem) to speak to the Charlatans' frontman about music, drugs, Twitter and hanging out with Joaquin Phoenix.
Why did you decide to write a book now?
"I'd never really thought about it and someone asked me about three years ago if I'd be interested in writing it. It took me about two years to decide and then I got round to doing it at the end of the last Charlatans tour."
Did you expect all the press attention about the unusual drug use?
"I had a guess but it didn't stop me writing it. I wrote that my mum used to work in a pastry shop but that's not got the same amount of coverage!"
Are you worried that the drugs revelations will overshadow the whole thing?
"I think I'm okay about it."
Was there anything on tour that was even more extreme that you left out?
"There's probably other drug stories, but drug stories can be boring. I wanted the whole book to represent certain things. Youth and fandom, New Order and The Clash. I think I covered it all without being too specific."
Looking back at your career, would you have done anything differently?
"No, because I would have had to re-write it again! Everything that happened happened because we made a decision at a point in time and at certain ages. I had a relationship with drugs for quite a long time. I'm glad it's over but at the same time I don't regret it. I must have enjoyed it because I did it for so long. It's the same with the relationship with other people. They lasted as long as they did because they were mostly quite good."
Is rehearsing Tellin' Stories influencing the demos for the new Charlatans album?
"I think it will do. I don't think we'll try and emulate it but it definitely puts you in a certain mindset. I wrote the book at the same time as writing a solo album and the book covered the past and the solo album covered the present. I had to do them at the same time because it would have killed me to just look at the past. I have to do something of relevance today. Always."
Your solo album Oh No I Love You is coming nearly ten years after your first - why so long? Too much else going on?
"There's that, definitely. I didn't realise how long it had been between I Believe and now. It just felt like a good time to do it."
Are your collaborations with the guys from Klaxons and The Horrors on the album?
"No, that's kind of slipped off the record again. They're still there but not really any further on than the last time we spoke. Klaxons recorded a new album and have gone on to another one really quick, we've just never got round to doing it really."
And the Ladyhawke collaboration?
"The Ladyhawke one went okay but I don't think any of it is coming out at the moment. It's all different songs, recorded in Nashville with Kurt Wagner from Lambchop."
When Tellin' Stories was out you supported Oasis at Knebworth. Do you think an all-conquering guitar band like Oasis could emerge today?
"I don't know, hopefully! Saying that, Oasis were quite a one-off, weren't they?"
Have the changes to technology over the last decade changed your relationship with music?
"The solo album, definitely. I actually went to Nashville to write with Kurt. We had coffee every morning and then I would go back to the hotel and write music and then send it to him via email, even though we were both operating in the same town. I think it's the actual physical actually hanging out with someone and discussing things that gets the music rolling, really, but I would never have been able to live in Los Angeles and be in The Charlatans if it wasn't for mp3s and emails."
How does you living in LA affect your relationship with the band?
"I'm back in London now, but Mark and Tony enjoyed trips out to Los Angeles and we used Los Angeles as a writing tool. I loved the idea of incorporating a city into your music. We used LA quite a lot."
You had the Charlatans Periodic Table and Totes Amazeballs cereal...
"I've got a label together called O-Genesis to put out records that I love and we have board meetings. There's four of us involved and we're supposed to be discussing who we'll release and we end up coming up with f**king Periodic Tables and Totes Amazeballs breakfast cereals. I'm just really enjoying myself at the moment."
Has Twitter changed the relationship between fans and bands - making it easier for young people to interact with artists?
"People can definitely interact with me - there's the Tim Peaks diner [a virtual Twin Peaks-themed diner set up on Twitter], but there are loads of people in bands who are afraid of using Twitter."
They're probably afraid of getting taken out of context in so few characters...
"Yeah, I've seen a few people in bands getting in spats with their fans, that's pretty funny."
Is there any update on your songs with Joaquin Phoenix? Are you still in touch with him?
"I've not seen him for ages... I don't live in Los Angeles anymore. The time that we spent together was a really great moment. A really great couple of months for me really. He invited me into the recording studio to work on a record and we had a really great time. All relationships with people in bands or actors I've met along the way, you meet them, you're best friends for a minute and you just don't see them at all. If you just remember them as being really great friends and in a way they are. Even if you don't see someone, it's kind of better, 'cos you never get a chance to fall out!"
Telling Stories by Tim Burgess is out now.
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