Frank Sidebottom Out of His Head : The Authorised Biography of Chris Sievey Hardback
by Mick Middles
There has never been an artist quite like Chris Sievey or his 'fantastic' comedic alter ego, Frank Sidebottom.
Whether pushing for chart action while fronting his former band The Freshies or allowing the bombastic Sidebottom to wreak anarchy and chaos on television, radio or with the Oh Blimey Big Band, Sievey's mischievous muse seemed to obey no boundaries.
Yet it was only after Chris's untimely demise in 2010 that the extent of his infl uence became fully apparent.
The emergence of Jon Ronson's film, "Frank", Steve Sullivan's exhaustive documentary "Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story" and the bizarre erection of the Frank Sidebottom statue in his native Timperley last October -- before 2,000 devotees -- all combined to make this the most extraordinary stories of recent decades.
Yet Chris found difficulty in being Frank. The people whose careers he helped begin or inspire: Chris Evans, Mark Radcliffe, Caroline Aherne, Steve Coogan, Jon Ronson to name a few -- all went on to a achieve a degree of fame and fortune that Chris never managed.
That said, Frank was so successful, compared to his other projects, that Chris often seemed estranged from his own comic creation In this unorthodox biography, legendary journalist Mick Middles draws on his thirty year friendship with Sievey to gain further insight into this most charismatic of artists.
Family members, fellow musicians, fans and acquaintances help trace Chris's career from Timperley to Hollywood.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Empire Publications
- Publication Date: 06/11/2014
- ISBN: 9781909360242