The relaunch party for You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide. Simon Wolstencroft talks about his time in The Fall, his drug addiction, Freak Party and why he didn’t join The Smiths. Followed by a live performance from The G-O-D.
Recorded at Tap & Barrel, Pontefract
New Title: You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide by Simon Wolstencroft
Of all the iconic musicians and scenes that emanate from Manchester, Simon Wolstencroft is the one who joins up the dots. He learnt his chops playing with Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke, but turned down The Smiths because he didn’t like the cut of Morrissey’s jib. He parted ways with his schoolmates Ian Brown and John Squire before The Patrol became The Stone Roses. He spent eleven glorious years in The Fall and when that journey inevitably hit the buffers he hooked up with his old mate Ian Brown and went on to collaborate with a string of his musical city’s luminaries.
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.
‘Wolstencroft’s book gives us a whole new perspective about Manchester’s music scene. A cracking read.’ — Louder Than War
‘Essential.’ — Vive le Rock!
‘This punchy and addictive memoir proves as endearing and self-effacing as Wolstencroft himself.’ — The Quietus
‘An ideal read for all fans of Manchester’s groups, artists and music-history.’ — Your Own
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Simon Wolstencroft in conversation with Mike Bennett at Louder Than Words Festival, 2016.
Simon Wolstencroft tells the story of how he came to turn down the offer of playing in The Smiths, after drumming on their first recording.
Simon is in conversation with Ian Clayton at The CAT Club, a vinyl record listening club, in the Tap & Barrel, Pontefract.
Recorded in July 2016.