CHRIS DIFFORD (SQUEEZE) IN CONVERSATION AND LIVE ACOUSTIC
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Squeeze have two sold-out nights at the Symphony Hall on their latest tour, but there is also an extra special event taking place on the Saturday they are in town …
Join us with Chris Difford for a captivating in conversation, celebrating the release of his autobiography ‘Some Fantastic Place’ – a story that spans his upbringing in South London and his rise to fame in Squeeze, one of the biggest bands of the 1970s and 1980s
‘King George Street in Charlton, South London, was my first home. Six prefabs, three pubs, a school, a church and a yard where the electricity board kept cables. Two long rows of terraced houses faced each other at one end of the street; and, at the other, big houses with big doors and even bigger windows. There was a phone box next to one of the pubs and when it rang everyone came out to see who it was for. It was a tiny road – at one end of which there was Greenwich Park. It was heaven being there, its beauty always shone on me from the trees at sunsets and from the bushes in the rain. I was there in all weathers. It was 1964, I was ten years old and this is when my memory really begins. The previous decade is built up from vague recollections that lean heavily on the imagination.’
Chris Difford is a rare breed. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Tempted’. Some Fantastic Place is his evocative memoir of an upbringing in Sixties’ South London and his rise to fame in one of the definitive bands of the late Seventies and early Eighties.
Born in Greenwich, London, Chris Difford has written lyrics for over thirty years, most notably in partnership with Glenn Tilbrook. The two were primary members in Squeeze and Difford & Tilbrook. Some of their best-known songs are ‘Tempted’, ‘Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)’, ‘Black Coffee in Bed’, ‘Cool for Cats’, ‘Up the Junction’ and ‘Annie Get Your Gun’.
After the breakup of Squeeze in 1983 Difford continued writing songs this time with Elvis Costello Jools Holland, Elton John, Wet Wet Wet, Marti Pellow and others. As a lyricist he was much in demand and won an Ivor Novello award for his work on the film ‘The Flame Still Burns’
In 1985 Squeeze reunited, having a hit in the U.S. with ‘Hourglass’ while constantly touring from coast to coast. Difford left the group in 1999 launching a solo career in 2003 with his album I Didn’t Get Where I Am. Difford was also manager of Bryan Ferry and young Irish band The Strypes. In March 2010, Difford curated Songs in the Key of London, an evening of music dedicated to the capital at the Barbican Centre, London.
Chris will be signing copies of ‘Some Fantastic Place’ at the event. Copies of the book will be available to purchase on the day.