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Frank Sidebottom Out of His Head


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Mick Middles is the author of 24 books, most of which have concentrated on Manchester music artists from punk to present. His work has appeared in Sounds,The Face, Daily Telegraph, Classic Rock, Classic Pop and many more. Mick lives with his wife, Vicky, in Flixton, Manchester.


Chris Sievey, who played Frank Sidebottom, is to feature in a biopic in 2014. An article in The Guardian by Jon Ronson, a former member of Frank's band, tells his story and mentions the book. "Frank Sidebottom was possibly the strangest pop star in history. Jon Ronson, who played in his band, and has co-written a film inspired by the character starring Michael Fassbender, remembers Frank's creator Chris Sievey as being even more eccentric than his papier-mache alter ego." Click the link for a clip from the upcoming movie, 'Frank'. "Starring Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy (three more reasons this one is well on our radar), and directed by Lenny Abrahamson (the filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed "What Richard Did"), the film follows Jon who joins an eccentric pop band and heads with them to a cabin in the woods to record an album. Leading them all is the mysterious and talented Frank (who just happens to wear a giant fake head) and his sidekick, Clara. Needless to say, it's the recipe for creative tensions and more. In this scene, Jon explains how Frank's methods could lead the group to greatness..."

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