‘Ragamuffin’s Tale: Growing up in counterculture central’ eBook (download)

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‘’I can only commend Charley for his brutal honesty. Not since Tony Sanchez’ drug fuelled tell all tale, ‘’Up And Down With The Rolling Stones’’, has there been a more engrossing memoir of that tumultuous period of history…it is fascinating… a breathtaking journey, which I urge you to take.’’

Author and music writer – Ian Hartley

’‘You will be entranced by the comings and goings of rock’s greatest characters, introduced by first names, and how the Weber family became intertwined with them all. From making films with The Beatles to living the rock ‘n’ roll dream in the south of France with The Stones, to international drug smuggling, it’s all there.’’

Producer VH1‘s original Behind the Music – Chrissy Shannon

“A unique and smoothly constructed reminisce of an unusual life. Required reading.”

Author and film director – Geir Hornes

’’Although the vast majority of readers are never going to live with Keith Richards, have a Beatle show up in their living room, or have their father strap a kilo of cocaine to their chest in order to smuggle it through French customs and present it to Mick Jagger as a wedding present, the author has the unique ability to make his unorthodox life and upbringing perfectly relatable to the collective human experience and condition. Charley’s descriptive writing style invokes crisp mental imagery and elicits an emotional response so keen that it truly feels as if you are there, living out the scenes as they unfurl onto paper (or screen).’’

Clinical addictions therapist – Barbara Anna Marion

If it wasn’t for work, I would have read this in one session. An amazing story that must have taken some courage to write – he should be proud. We are all who we are and cannot change that fact. I often look back and have regret about my childhood, but our childhoods make us what we are in adulthood. It seems that his incredible journey has done him well. Very well done on the book Charley. I certainly recommend it as being an extraordinary read.

Julian Hensman – IT Business Owner and Motor Racing Enthusiast

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Ragamuffin's Tale - Book by Charley Weber
Click to Preview Book Ragamuffin’s Tale – by C. Weber

 

A coming of age story set in the heart of the heady 60s and 70s counterculture revolution.

The story is more one of survival than of a heroic journey, but reflects a reality often glossed over: what happens to some of the kids born into that circle of poets, artists and dealers when one of their parents gets too heavily into smuggling and using drugs.

If it weren’t such a universal cautionary family tale, you might be forgiven for reading the story as one long name drop of the who’s who in the cultural revolution: from the first chapter, in which Charley recalls experiences of meeting Jimi Hendrix, where he was famously filmed on stage with the guitar god, to being driven around by Tara Browne in his infamous sports car. On to being a page boy and also a child drug mule to smuggle an illicit gift for Mick Jagger at his wedding to Bianca in St. Tropez, as well as meeting with Timothy Leary and Joanna Harcourt Smith in Switzerland when Leary is on the run from federal agents.

As he and his brother grow up they are left to contend with a loving but heavily drug addicted father getting deeper into dangerous gang level drug setups, rip-offs and raids by the police – who may also be in on the setups. One brother is rescued by a godfather to go to Ivy League schools in California, the younger one is left at the centre of the drug dealing antics. This is his account of what happened next in one person’s struggle to reach solid ground.

Author: Story Teller

I now work primarily as a digital skills trainer, writer, researcher and assessor with organisations like AIM. My career has mostly been as a film editor and sometimes producer in commercials, film and documentaries in the US and the Near East. In music, I've had releases in film and mostly worked as a club music director and contracting producer for a 24-hour music festival. With the surprisingly warm reception of my book 'Ragamuffin's Tale: Growing up in counterculture', my interest is increasingly turning toward writing.

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  1. ‘’I can only commend Charley for his brutal honesty. Not since Tony Sanchez’ drug fuelled tell all tale, ‘’Up And Down With The Rolling Stones’’, has there been a more engrossing memoir of that tumultuous period of history…it is fascinating… a breathtaking journey, which I urge you to take.’’

    Author and music writer – Ian Hartley

    ’‘You will be entranced by the comings and goings of rock’s greatest characters, introduced by first names, and how the Weber family became intertwined with them all. From making films with The Beatles to living the rock ‘n’ roll dream in the south of France with The Stones, to international drug smuggling, it’s all there.’’

    Producer VH1‘s original Behind the Music – Chrissy Shannon

    “A unique and smoothly constructed reminisce of an unusual life. Required reading.”

    Author and film director – Geir Hornes

    ’’Although the vast majority of readers are never going to live with Keith Richards, have a Beatle show up in their living room, or have their father strap a kilo of cocaine to their chest in order to smuggle it through French customs and present it to Mick Jagger as a wedding present, the author has the unique ability to make his unorthodox life and upbringing perfectly relatable to the collective human experience and condition. Charley’s descriptive writing style invokes crisp mental imagery and elicits an emotional response so keen that it truly feels as if you are there, living out the scenes as they unfurl onto paper (or screen).’’

    Clinical addictions therapist – Barbara Anna Marion

    If it wasn’t for work, I would have read this in one session. An amazing story that must have taken some courage to write – he should be proud. We are all who we are and cannot change that fact. I often look back and have regret about my childhood, but our childhoods make us what we are in adulthood. It seems that his incredible journey has done him well. Very well done on the book Charley. I certainly recommend it as being an extraordinary read.

    Julian Hensman – IT Business Owner and Motor Racing Enthusiast

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