In 2020 when the world was forced to hit pause on live in-person gigs, Tim Burgess, frontman of The Charlatans, found an ingenious way to bring people together by inviting artists and bands, from Paul McCartney and New Order to Michael Kiwanuka and Kylie, to host real-time album playbacks via Twitter. Every night Tim live-tweeted a different artist's albums, while fans at home all pressed “play” or dropped the needle on the record simultaneously and followed along. The listening parties have clocked more than a million online replays since they started in March 2020 and became a cultural phenomenon.
“Throughout 2020 and into 2021, these get-togethers began to feel like an important part of our pop-cultural life. With no gigs to attend; no pubs in which to gather; schedules obliterated, the Listening Parties extended an invitation to anyone with an internet connection.” Pete Paphides
The Listening Party book captures the essence of the experience, reliving 100 of the listening parties selected by Tim, with stories from bands and fans, personal behind-the-scenes images, and rare insider info from those who created these iconic albums.
Thanks to Tim's in store appearance on Sunday September 5th, we are now shipping signed copies of this book.