Bill Wyman items for sale with Julien’s Auctions, May 29th - 30th

“When Bill Wyman plucked the bass strings for the Rolling Stones, his meticulous nature wasn't just confined to his musical precision. It extended far beyond the stage, into the realm of obsessive archiving. It's this lesser-known facet of Wyman's personality that turned him into the band's ultimate historian, a curator of memories that paint a vibrant picture of rock and roll's most iconic era.”

Some of Bill's property will be up for auction with Julien's Auctions in their Music Icons sale on May 29th - 30th.

Items range from ‘Some Girls’ Promo Posters to a Bill Wyman Signed #5 Copy of "Blinds & Shutters" Book and much more. These pieces are a must-have for any music collector & enthusiast.

Alongside these items, Bill has also donated two pieces where all proceeds will be going to the Prince's Trust; a signed limited edition colour photograph of the Rolling Stones, and a signed copy of Bill's 'Stones From The Inside' book of photography of the band. Own a piece of rock history whilst raising funds for charity!

Register & Bid here: https://www.juliensauctions.com/en/auctions/music-icons-491


Bill to give Ealing Book Festival talk in April

Bill will be talking about his latest book 'Billy in the Wars', and his other literary and creative endeavours at the inaugural Ealing Book Festival! Join Bill on Saturday, 13th April at 6pm at the historic Pitzhanger Manor.

To get your tickets please visit https://www.pitzhanger.org.uk/whatson/ealing-book-festival-bill-wyman/?fbclid=IwAR3hjssjY4C2XGIsDu9thppewCsgcUTnwgVUHQF_GqkEMc2NQEL1bZbdLpo


Bill attends 'Just For One Day' - Press Evening

Yesterday evening Bill had a fantastic time attending the press night of ‘Just For One Day: The Live Aid Musical’.

The show is on until March 30th at The Old Vic Theatre in London – click here to find out more.


Bill to host Q&A and book signing at The Phene, Chelsea

We’re pleased to announce that Bill will be giving a Q&A and signing copies of his book ‘Bill Wyman’s Chelsea’ at The Phene in Chelsea on Tuesday, January 30th, from 6pm - 8pm.

Books will be available to purchase at the event for signing.

Bill will be talking all about his love of Chelsea and the history of the area, and how he came to write his book.

Scan the QR code or book your seat now through The Phene website, https://www.thephene.com/ to avoid missing out.

Make sure to scroll down and select 'Bill Wyman's Chelsea book signing' as the event you would like to book for.


Bill joins Rolling Stones photography Q&A panel

Bill joined a Q&A panel of renowned Stones photographers, Gered Mankowitz, Denis O’Regan and Greg Brennan on the 7th of December 2023 to celebrate the launch of ‘The Rolling Stones: ICONS’ by ACC Art Books.

Thank you to everyone who came along to this fantastic event hosted at the wonderful Iconic Images Gallery in Piccadilly.

‘The Rolling Stones: ICONS’ is available to purchase online now featuring a chapter of Bill’s own photos taken of the Stones. And if you’re in Piccadilly, be sure to stop by the Iconic Images gallery to take a look (and purchase!) fine art prints of Bill’s photos.

Check out the gallery of photos from the event below:


Bill's book signing at Hatchards kicks off Christmas

On Wednesday 29th November Bill signed copies of his books Billy in the Wars, Bill Wyman’s Chelsea and Stones From The Inside at Hatchards Piccadilly as part of their Christmas event!

Bill had a lovely evening meeting fans, thank you to everyone who came along.

Signed copies of Billy in the Wars and Bill Wyman's Chelsea can also be purchased on Bill’s online shop... just in time for Christmas!


'Billy in the Wars' – An Interview With Bill Wyman

In a very special and personal interview, Bill speaks to Pegasus Publishers about his latest book, childhood memoir 'Billy in the Wars', released on October 24th 2023.

Bill talks at length about childhood memories, how this new book differs from his previous titles, misconceptions about living in wartime, and the music he remembers fondly.

Watch the full interview now here: https://youtu.be/_YwwI8c7V20

'Billy in the Wars' is Bill's thirteenth published work.

Purchase your copy now here: https://pegasuspublishers.com/books/bill-wyman/billy-in-the-wars-_paperback_


Bill's 'Billy in the Wars' book signing a huge success

On Friday 27th October Bill signed copies of his new book ‘Billy in the Wars’ at Hatchards bookshop, Piccadilly.

He was also joined by illustrator Eoin Marron. They had a great afternoon meeting fans and talking about the book.

Thank you to everyone who came along to support the release of ‘Billy in the Wars’. Keep your eyes peeled for more signings to be announced soon!


Bill's brand new book - Billy in the Wars – released today

Happy birthday Bill!

To mark Bill’s 87th birthday, his childhood memoir ‘Billy in the Wars’ is released today in paperback, hardback and e-book formats!

Get your copy now here: https://pegasuspublishers.com/books/bill-wyman/billy-in-the-wars-_paperback_

If you want your copy signed, make sure to get tickets to Bill’s signing at Hatchards Piccadilly this Friday (27th) before they sell out.

Get your tickets now here: https://www.hatchards.co.uk/events/book-signing-with-bill-wyman-at-hatchards-piccadilly

Billy in the Wars is the illustrated memoir of ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, recalling his experiences as a young boy growing up in wartime Britain. Bill brings history to life through the personal lens of his childhood memories, where grim anecdotes of war are punctuated by moving moments of childhood innocence and joy. Three-year-old William George Perks (now Bill Wyman) was living with his parents and brother in working-class Sydenham, South London, when war broke out. Over the coming years he experienced endless terrifying hours spent in air-raid shelters, the constant droning of doodlebugs overhead, a near miss with a German fighter-bomber, and evacuations from London to new rural adventures. Out of a backdrop of constant fear and hunger, Bill learned the importance of persistence, courage and resilience; values that ultimately led him out of his neighbourhood and on to a vast and exciting future.

 

Find out more about Billy in the Wars – the new book from Bill Wyman.


Bill to attend 'Billy in the Wars' book signing at Hatchards, London on October 27th

We're pleased to announce that Bill will be attending a signing for his new book 'Billy in the Wars' on Friday, October 27th at 4pm at Hatchards bookshop in Piccadilly, London!

Bill will be signing copies of his new childhood memoir for fans, copies of which are included in the price of the ticket.

Tickets are available to purchase from Eventbrite: https://billwymanbooksigning.eventbrite.co.uk/

'Billy in the Wars' is the illustrated memoir of ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, recalling his experiences as a young boy growing up in wartime Britain. Bill brings history to life through the personal lens of his childhood memories, where grim anecdotes of war are punctuated by moving moments of childhood innocence and joy.

Three-year-old William George Perks (now Bill Wyman) was living with his parents and brother in working-class Sydenham, South London, when war broke out. Over the coming years, he experienced endless terrifying hours spent in air-raid shelters, the constant droning of doodlebugs overhead, a near miss with a German fighter-bomber, and evacuations from London to new rural adventures.

Out of a backdrop of constant fear and hunger, Bill learned the importance of persistence, courage and resilience; values that ultimately led him out of his neighbourhood and on to a vast and exciting future.


Bill gives talk at the Chelsea History Festival

Bill spent Sunday evening at the National Army Museum talking about his book, ‘Bill Wyman’s Chelsea’, as part of the Chelsea History Festival programme.

Bill did a Q&A with Geoffrey Matthews, talking about his earliest impressions of Chelsea (when he first went there to audition for the Stones in 1962), right through to the present day, and his love of Chelsea as a long-term resident and historian of the area.

After the talk, Bill signed books for the audience and spent time chatting to fans.

Thank you to everyone who came along, and to the Chelsea History Festival for putting together a fantastic event – and check out the photos below of the event!


Bill attends 'The Great Escaper' World Premiere

Bill attended the World premiere of 'The Great Escaper', starring Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson last Wednesday at the BFI Southbank, London.

The film is based on the true story of a British WW2 veteran who escaped from his nursing home to attend the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations in France in 2014

Bill was very pleased to receive an invitation from his great friends Michael and Shakira Caine, who he has known since the 1970’s, and greatly enjoyed the film.

The Great Escaper’ is released in cinemas on October 6th.


Bill views 'Charlie Watts: Gentleman, Collector, Rolling Stone'

Bill attended a private viewing of Christie’s Charlie Watts collection, currently up for auction.

Bill, like his friend Charlie, is a collector, and had this to say about the collection:

"Charlie’s auction of his collection of books is unbelievable! I have known from over the years that my best friend Charlie collected many things in his life – as I did, but this particular collection of books astounded me."

- Bill Wyman

The auction is a two-part auction comprising an extraordinary library of modern first editions together with landmarks from the world of jazz, collected by renowned musician and Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (1941–2021).

The flagship auction, Charlie Watts: Literature and Jazz Part I, will take place live in London on 28 September, with a Part II open for bidding from 15 to 29 September.

Learn more here.

See photos from Bill's visit below:


Bill unveils childhood memoir book 'Billy in the Wars'

We're thrilled to announce that Bill's latest book, childhood memoir 'Billy in the Wars', will be released via Pegasus Publishers on Tuesday, October 24th – on Bill's birthday!

 

'Billy in the Wars' is the illustrated memoir of ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, recalling his experiences as a young boy growing up in wartime Britain.

Bill brings history to life through the personal lens of his childhood memories, where grim anecdotes of war are punctuated by moving moments of childhood innocence and joy.

It is available to pre-order NOW - click here to pre-order!

You can also pre-order on Amazon and Waterstones

Amazon pre-order

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Billy-Wars-Bill-Wyman/dp/1804680206/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1695629793&sr=8-1

Waterstones pre-order

https://www.waterstones.com/book/billy-in-the-wars/bill-wyman/eoin-marron/9781804680209

Amazon e-book

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Billy-Wars-Bill-Wyman-ebook/dp/B0CJNC6QXN/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1695629793&sr=8-1


Bill helps celebrate Eddy Grant's unveiling on to The Music Walk Of Fame

Bill attended the exclusive VIP event An Afternoon with Eddy, held to celebrate Eddy Grant's unveiling on to Camden's The Music Walk Of Fame.

The unique event included a welcome reception, along with a Q&A with Eddy hosted by Kevin Le Gendre.

Eddy, who emigrated to London in the 1960s, has enjoyed a lengthy musical career, with hits including Electric Avenue and I Don't Wanna Dance. Eddy joins other artists recognised on The Music Walk Of Fame, such as Janis Joplin and UB40.

Bill met with Eddy at the event, and says:

"I had a great time meeting Eddy. We first met in the mid-1970s and have remained friends ever since.

We would perform charity events together, and it was from listening to Eddy's rhythms that I created my hit record Je Suis Un Rockstar."


Bill guest stars on Notes From An Artist podcast – listen now!

Bill has appeared on the Notes From An Artist podcast – and you can listen to it now!

Bill joins David C. Gross and Tom Semioli on their podcast 'Notes From An Artist' where he discusses his latest book 'Bill Wyman's Chelsea' on the history of the famous London borough. Listen now here: https://notesfromanartist.buzzsprout.com/1771322/13099716-bill-wyman-discusses-his-latest-book-on-the-history-of-chelsea-london


Bill's latest book – Bill Wyman's Chelsea – is out today!

Bill’s latest book ‘Bill Wyman’s Chelsea’ is out today! Purchase your copy here: https://www.unicornpublishing.org/page/detail/bill-wymans-chelsea/?k=9781911397359

Bill Wyman has worked in the London borough of Chelsea on-and-off since joining the Rolling Stones in 1962, and has lived in the area since 1982. Over the past few years, Bill has walked every street of his beloved neighbourhood, photographing anything unusual that caught his eye: bridges, churches, pubs, shops, houses, monuments, decorative wall plaques, blue historical plaques, statues, weather vanes, front doors, street signs and coal hole covers.

Alongside his photos, Bill began to research the area thoroughly – its history, its stories, and its residents. Bill Wyman's Chelsea is the result of this work: a comprehensive and informative guide to a London borough steeped in culture and history, as seen through the personal and affectionate lens of a long-standing resident, who himself plays a part in the history of the area.

Complete with walking tour itineraries, maps, an A-Z of streets, historical information, over 300 of Bill’s photos and knowledge from an insider; Bill has produced what can confidently be called the ‘Master Book on Chelsea’.

Explore some of the pages from Bill's book below!


Bill meets Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace's final match of the season

Bill has revealed that he attended the final match of the season for his team Crystal Palace.

Bill says:

I went to see Crystal Palace’s final match of the season against Nottingham Forest. I’ve been a Crystal Palace fan since the first time I saw them in 1946 on my 10th birthday.

It was a memorable occasion – again meeting up with my great friend, manager Roy Hodgson.

You can see a photo of Bill and Roy below, as well as Bill's match ticket!


Bill pays tribute to 'Simply The Best' Tina Turner

Bill has paid tribute to music legend Tina Turner, who sadly passed away this week after a decades-spanning, genre-defining musical career.

Bill says:

Tina Turner was a ‘Force of Nature’ onstage. I knew her for three decades. Whenever we met, she was always friendly and humourous, and she would refer to me as ‘Mr Cool’. She will be sorely missed.

Below is a photo sent from Bill captioned:

Photo is ‘Sharing a Joke’ backstage at the Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles 11th Oct 1981.

Photo courtesy of the Bill Wyman Archive.


Bill Wyman The Times Saturday Review - featured image

Bill interviewed in The Times Saturday Review

Who caught Bill’s feature in The Times Saturday Review this weekend?

Bill had a walk around Chelsea chatting to Will Hodgkinson about his new book ‘Bill Wyman’s Chelsea’, out on May 31st. You can read the full interview here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bill-wyman-not-for-a-second-have-i-regretted-leaving-the-rolling-stones-8vj6gmtlh

Remember to pre-order your copy of Bill Wyman's Chelsea here: https://unicornpublishing.org/page/detail/bill-wymans-chelsea/?k=9781911397359

Check out some images from the feature below:

Bill Wyman The Times Saturday Review - body image 1

Bill Wyman The Times Saturday Review - body image 2

Bill Wyman The Times Saturday Review - body image 3


Bill Wyman's Chelsea – Bill's new book goes on sale May 31, 2023

We’re pleased to announce that Bill’s new book Bill Wyman’s Chelsea: From Medieval Village to Cultural Capital will be published on May 31st with Unicorn Publishing Group!

Bill Wyman has worked in the London borough of Chelsea on-and-off since joining the Rolling Stones in 1962, and has lived in the area since 1982. Over the past few years, Bill has walked every street of his beloved neighbourhood, photographing anything unusual that caught his eye: bridges, churches, pubs, shops, houses, monuments, decorative wall plaques, blue historical plaques, statues, weather vanes, front doors, street signs and coal hole covers. Alongside his photos, Bill began to research the area thoroughly – its history, its stories, and its residents.

Bill Wyman's Chelsea is the result of this work: a comprehensive and informative guide to a London borough steeped in culture and history, as seen through the personal and affectionate lens of a long-standing resident, who himself plays a part in the history of the area. Complete with walking tour itineraries, maps, an A-Z of streets, historical information, over 300 of Bill’s photos and knowledge from an insider; Bill has produced what can confidently be called the ‘Master Book on Chelsea’.

Pre-order your copy now by clicking here: https://www.unicornpublishing.org/page/detail/bill-wymans-chelsea/?k=9781911397359


Julien's Auctions 'Music Icons' auction to feature rare memorabilia from Bill's archive

Julien's Auctions have announced their 'Music Icons' auction, taking place on May 19th, 20th, and 21st, which includes property from Bill Wyman and his Rolling Stones archive.

This intimate and personal time capsule of items from across Bill's career features important memorabilia, documents, jewellery and other treasures of Rolling Stones history such as Wyman’s silver fruit set and leaves chain necklace worn on the cover of the Stones’ 1976 album, Black and Blue and a silver plate necklace of 13 interlocking Scottish thistle links worn on the cover of his 1975 solo album Monkey Grip; the original black box LP boxed set mock-up of the Rolling Stones Black Box album Bill Wyman came up with in 1974 to make use of the band’s unreleased tracks which he designed with John Pasche, most famous for designing the band’s tongue logo.

Also included is a Rolling Stones cancelled German show poster promoting their show on March 29, 1966 at the Grugahalle in Essen Germany that never happened; invoices, receipts and bills from the Rolling Stones’ day to day schedule and life on the road such as Brian Jones’ invoice from Dandie Fashions (one of the Stones’ favorite clothing shops) in Chelsea dated June 30, 1967; a tray containing 22 Rolling Stones badges from various tours most dating from the 1980s.

Other personal items include a brief letter written in 1965 by Keith Richards (estimate: ($3,000-$5,000) on Hotel Marina, Copenhagen Denmark stationery that reads, "Dear Fred; / Please send this / to my mother as I have / lost her address. / Thanks / Keith / P.S. We're all fine and healthy. / love from lads".

A framed colour photograph of a very jolly-looking Rolling Stones shot during their first trip to continental Europe in April of 1964 when they travelled to Montreux Switzerland to perform at a special Ready Steady Go taping during the TV Golden Rose Festival features, as well as numerous record awards, a Rolling Stones tongue logo telephone, a mustard yellow 1975 American tour cotton terry cloth towel with Rolling Stones tongue logo, posters, and more.

A portion of the proceeds of Bill Wyman’s auction will benefit Kicking the Stigma, “Kicking The Stigma,” The Indianapolis Colts and Irsay Family’s mental health awareness initiative.

Go to https://www.juliensauctions.com/ to find out more and register to bid.


Jeffrey Halford and The Healers cover 'Mississippi Flyer'

Jeffrey Halford and The Healers have done a cover of Bill Wyman's song 'Mississippi Flyer'.

Bill says of the song and video: “I’d heard a lot of Jeffrey’s music, and thought the song might suit him. I had no idea how he would approach it – but guessed that he would do it in his own inimitable style. It surprised me, as he’d changed it a little, but it’s a really nice version – especially the video, which I love very much.”

The video intersperses vintage photographs, and footage of the train and railroad tracks with Halford and the band playing and it’s an engaging accompaniment to an engrossing song.

You can watch the video and listen to the song here:


Bill gives Q&A and book signing to celebrate Record Store Day

Bill attended a fantastic Q&A and signing event at the new Iconic Images gallery on Saturday, 22nd April, to celebrate Record Store Day.

Bill spoke about how he first got into photography as a child, his influences, and his photos of the Rolling Stones (on display and for sale at Iconic Images).

Thank you to everyone who attended.

Pick up a copy of Bill’s book ‘Stones From The Inside’ to see a collection of Bill’s photos of the Stones.


Visions – Bill's 1981 solo hit – updated with stunning new visuals

Bill has shared a visual reworking of his hit song 'Visions', which has been updated with new visuals to accompany the song.

Released as part of Bill's self-titled album 'Bill Wyman' in 1981, it was the follow-up release to Bill's famous hit '(Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star' – a song he wrote for his now wife Suzanne Accosta while she was living in Los Angeles.

Bill says Visions carried on his attempt to show his love for her through music. Visions followed the hit single 'Come Back Suzanne'.

Bill and Suzanne tied the knot on April 21, 1993 – and this year the coupled celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

Congratulations Bill and Suzanne!

Watch the video below:

 


Bill's Nuclear Reactions goes supernova with new space visuals

Bill has discovered a stellar update to his 1982 classic song Nuclear Reactions – and he has decided to share it with fans!

Recorded by Bill in 1982 and part of his solo album 'Bill Wyman', Bill says he was inspired to write the song after spending nights stargazing in the South of France in the early 1980s.

"I've always been interested in astronomy," says Bill. "I used to watch the stars from an observatory in Nice, and it was fascinating to see the planets of the solar system, moons and Saturn. It was the inspiration behind the song."

Bill continued his fascination with astronomy over the years, buying two telescopes so he could continue stargazing. He was also firm friends with astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, who fronted the BBC series The Sky At Night – the world's longest-running television series with the same original presenter.

Bill says he found the footage that had been set to his song and lyrics, thought 'wow' – it looks great and he wanted to share it with fans.

The video is embedded below – click to begin your interstellar adventure with the perfect soundtrack.

 

Find out more about Bill's album 'Bill Wyman'.


Bill Attends Q&A and Book Signing at the Iconic Images Gallery

Bill attended a special Q&A and book signing event at the Iconic Images gallery in Chelsea in December.

He talked about his love of photography and how it all started, met some wonderful fans, and signed and dedicated copies of his book ‘Stones From The Inside’.

Thank you to everyone who braved the snow to come along!

Copies of ‘Stones From The Inside’, Bill’s collection of iconic Rolling Stones photos, are available to purchase online, or stop by the Iconic Images gallery to view and purchase prints of Bill’s work.

Images from the event are below – enjoy!


David English Bill Wyman at a cricket match

Bill pays tribute to David English - the 'godfather' of English cricket

Bill has paid tribute to his "dear and lovable" friend David English, known as the "godfather of cricket" and who sadly passed away on Saturday.

David was a famed cricketer, author, fundraiser, record company executive and actor – but he is most remembered for his love and involvement with English cricket.

"I played charity cricket for many years with David English, who was the creator and captain of the Bunbury Charity Cricket team.," says Bill.

"We shared many great moments together at charity matches and numerous social engagements during the forty years or more that I knew him. He introduced me to, and I was honoured to play together with most of the great international and county cricketers of the time – including Ian Botham, Viv Richards, and David Gower.

Bill has many fond memories of his time with David, including this photo of the pair walking off at a charity cricket match after they'd scored 62 runs between them in four overs to win the match (see photo, below).

David English Bill Wyman at a cricket matchBill also shared a number of other photos (below), including this iconic black-&-white shot and a colour photo of the pair at a social engagement.

Bill says that he wants to "say goodbye to a dear and lovable friend who will never be forgotten".


Bill pays tribute to Olivia Newton-John

Bill has paid tribute to Olivia Newton-John following the sad news of her passing on August 8, 2022.

The British-born Australian actress, singer and activist was famed for her role in the 1978 movie Grease. She won four Grammy Awards for her songs, with five number-one hits on the Billboard 100 and two number-one albums on the Billboard 200.

Olivia Newton-John is one of the best-selling female artists in the 20th Century, chalking up over 100m global sales.

Bill says he met Olivia at at reception for singer Tony Bennett (see photo, below), where he chatted to her and found her to be a lovely woman. Bill sends his condolences to her family.


Bill's 'Desert Island Books' featured in the Mayfair Times

Bill was asked to write about his ‘Desert Island Book’s for Mayfair Times August issue – the five books from across his lifetime that have meant the most to him and had a significant impact.

See the article below for Bill's memorable books – which ones have you read?