Madchester legend Ian Brown chatted about the hard times he endured after his hugely successful band the Stone Roses broke up in 1996, this week, revealing that he was left with absolutely nothing until he kickstarted his career by going solo.
“I was skint and I had to move back to my mum and dad's house, back into the room I shared with my brother when I was a kid,” he told the Guardian.
“I kept getting people on the streets telling me that they loved me: it didn't mean anything to me because I was still borrowing tenners off my pensioner father to go and get some chicken.”
His surprising poverty at the time matched the circumstances fellow U.N.K.L.E collaborator James Lavelle found himself experiencing in 2007 despite being one of the most famous and apparently successful label chiefs and producers in British dance culture.
"Contrary to what people might think, I haven't made a penny out of selling 1.5 million records. I never earned anything out of founding Mo' Wax, and I haven't earned anything from UNKLE,” he told the Independent in 2007.
“Last year I had a £400,000 tax bill and it cleaned me right out. To be perfectly honest, I'm sick of it,” he added.
Chatting to Mixmag at the time, he was similarly blunt about his predicament.
“It’s like when you see documentaries about child stars who had it all when they were young and then it’s like ‘where the f**k does it all go?” he said.
“It was just everything so young, so fast, so quick. I just didn’t know how to deal with it and in the end it broke me.”
Chatting to Skrufff in 2002, he was already philosophical as his Mo’ Wax dream began to unravel.
“When you’re young and you achieve a certain amount of success, you don’t necessarily understand what is being put in front of you. I think as people, we are born with most of it and the only thing that we gain as we grow older is knowledge because everything else sort of falls apart,” he suggested.
“I don’t know if ‘regret’ is the right word, I don’t know that we should regret anything but there were definitely things that I would’ve like to have been able to understand and I would’ve done differently,” he admitted.
In more financial news, professional beggar turned mayor of Indian town Khaikheri, Dharmveer Bhoora, said he has no plans to quit street begging after revealing that he earns so much money (£350 a week) that’s he’s able to personally finance council projects.
"I am very grateful for every small bit of money that anyone gives to me while begging,” Mr Bhoora, 56, told reporters, “And I am sure it will make some people feel good that they are not just helping me and my family but also my whole village." (Ananova)
Article by Jonty Skrufff
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