Over a year after his death (August 24, 2021), an official biography about late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts – authorized by both the band and Watts’ family – is set to be released this fall, according to Rolling Stone.
Titled Charlie’s Good Tonight: The Authorised Biography of Charlie Watts, the book was penned by author-broadcaster and longtime Stones fan Paul Sexton. The book also features new interviews with Jagger, Richards, and Ronnie Wood, as well as family members, friends, and collaborators. Also included are forewords from both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, a prelude from the band’s former manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham, and exclusive and unseen photographs of Watts.
“Our dear friend Charlie Watts was not just a fantastic drummer but a wonderful person,” the Rolling Stones said in a statement. “He was funny and generous and a man of great taste and we miss him terribly. It’s great that his family have authorized this official biography by Paul Sexton, who’s been writing and broadcasting about Charlie and the band for many years.”
Sexton added in a statement, “One of Charlie’s good friends said to me that he was a very easy man to love. Having had the pleasure of his company on so many occasions over the course of more than a quarter of a century, that’s a sentiment I echo wholeheartedly. To be able, with the help and encouragement of those who knew him best, to draw on my time with this unique man and his fellow Rolling Stones to write his authorized biography, is a thrill and an honor.”
Finally, Watts' own daughter, Seraphina, released a statement about the biography. “My father was an intensely humble and private person off the stage, who relished and protected his private time at home with us,” she said. “We were so very touched by the outpouring of love and support from all his fans when he died. We’re very happy and grateful that Paul, who interviewed my father many times over many years, and whom my father liked and respected, is the one writing this very special book about this very special man.”
Charlie’s Good Tonight: The Authorised Biography of Charlie Watts will be out Oct. 11 in the U.S. via HarperCollins Publishers. You can pre-order it here.
See the announcement and cover of the book below.
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