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Legendary Manchester Drummer Simon Wolstencroft at Waterstones Altrincham
Legendary drummer Simon Wolstencroft returns to Altrincham on Saturday 3rd June to sign copies of his memoir 'You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide' at Waterstones on George Street.
Wolstencroft is best known for his 11 year stint playing drums for John Peel’s favourite band, The Fall, but his musical life started at Altrincham Grammar School, where he shared a classroom with future musical superstars Ian Brown and John Squire. With a joint obsession for punk-rock band The Clash, the three ‘Alty boys’ were inspired to form a group of their own called The Patrol, before Wolstencroft was headhunted by Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke to play in their group Freak Party. Wolstencroft then left what was the proto-Smiths when Morrissey joined because ‘he didn’t like the cut of his jib’. He returned briefly to play with Brown and Squire, but left once again to join up with Terry Hall’s Colourfield just as his old school mates were mutating into The Stone Roses. After his spell in The Fall, and The Stone Roses had disbanded first time around, Wolstencroft and Ian Brown teamed up again and toured the world together in the late 1990s.
'You Can Drum But You Can't Hide' hands you an access all areas pass to the back alleys and living rooms of the musical mavericks synonymous with the city of Manchester. As rival camps retreat to their own grudges, Wolstencroft is the humble bee who crosses borders and pollinates. With humour and candour, 'Funky' Si's memoir recounts a life of drumming, parties, drugs, friendship and a love of making music. Come along and meet him at Waterstones and get your own personalised signed copy.