Postcard from Morrissey to Simon Wolstencroft 19891987 fall promo shot

You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide

“Manchester. Music. Mayhem.
A top story! Si tells it as it was.
Well worth reading.
– Ian Brown

Simon Wolstencroft’s inside scoop on life with post-punk mavericks The Fall and beyond. Currently available for e-book only.

Product Description

Among the many near-mythical figures of the Manchester music scene, they call him the ‘nearly man’.  You’d expect a drummer to have better timing. Yes, he parted ways before The Patrol became the Stone Roses.  Yes, he turned down The Smiths. Yes, Noel Gallagher asked if he fancied joining his band. Timing is everything ….


So the beat goes on and while Simon Wolstencroft can see what might have been, cultivating bitterness bears no fruit. And Funky Si has tasted the nectar. Spending an unlikely 11 years in The Fall and hooking up with his old mate Ian Brown during his solo days, Simon’s memoir You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide reflects on a life driven by a passion for playing.


Taking you from the warehouses of Manchester and the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the high rises of Tokyo, this book hands you a backstage pass to an evocative age that restored pride to the city of Manchester. With humour and detail, Si recounts a fascinating tale of drumming and drugs, friendships and fall outs, but, above all, a love of music.




As his brilliant memoir You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide reveals, he’s seen and done all of the rock n’ roll clichés and has some wonderful stories to show for it —


… this punchy and addictive memoir [ ] proves as endearing and self-effacing as Wolstencroft himself. — The Quietus


Essential — Vive le Rock!


Excerpts from You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide



Don’t mix your drugs and eat plenty every day.
– Johnny Marr’s advice for Si on touring

Perhaps it was the prototype MDMA crystals … at one point
Mark was curled up on the minibus floor,
shouting ‘I’m a snail, I’m a snail.
– On tour with The Fall

I always said Si would get the furthest.
– Ian Brown circa 1986


Additional Information

Weight 490 g
Dimensions 220 x 146 x 20 mm

9780957369078 (Paperback) 9780957369061 (E-book)


13 November 2014 in paperback and ebook