Belfast International Arts Festival presents Paul Charles: Adventures in Wonderland
Adventures in Wonderland is an extraordinary true life story, giving the most brilliant insights ever into the fascinating, often exhilarating – and sometimes emotionally devastating – world of contemporary music at the very highest level.
It is the kind of book that can change your life – and your perception of what’s really important... For so many of us, music shapes our world. It becomes part of our DNA. In our hearts we aspire to writing the great song or stepping out on stage in front of a packed arena. But it is part of the mystery of music that we don’t know how – or why – a particular song will seem to get right inside our heads, or why one artist will scale the highest heights, while another just can’t get beyond the local pub gig.
In telling the personal story of a world-leading agent, promoter, manager, and songwriter, Adventures in Wonderland answers those questions in a way that no book has ever done before. Paul Charles has lived the life, loved the music, dreamt the dreams, and been manager and confidante to some of the world’s biggest – and most artistically credible – artists and songwriters.
In Adventures in Wonderland, he writes about his encounters with The Beatles, The Kinks, Robert Plant, Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones, Carly Simon, The Police, U2, The Waterboys. Shakespeare’s Sister – and dozens more legendary artists, and his 30-year involvement in the Glastonbury Festival. But at the heart of the wonderful trip described in Adventures in Wonderland is an overpowering love – and a deep understanding – of music and how it excites, obsesses and heals us.