Category: Books

Pixies’ Black Francis co-authors novel ‘The Good Inn,’ will appear at Brooklyn book launch

Pixies’ Black Francis co-authors novel ‘The Good Inn,’ will appear at Brooklyn book launch

The Pixies are busy this spring with a steady diet of touring — not to mention the upcoming release of their first album in eons — but frontman Black Francis has found time to engage in a more literary endeavor, this week publishing his first novel, “The Good Inn,” co-authored with Josh Frank.

Simple Minds on ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ — exclusive excerpt from ‘Mad World’ oral history

Simple Minds on ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ — exclusive excerpt from ‘Mad World’ oral history

“Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs that Defined the 1980s” arrives in stores this week, offering a page-turning tour through 35 classic songs via new interviews with the artists, a list that includes Depeche Mode, Echo & The Bunnymen, INXS, OMD, Adam and the Ants and more.

New Order on ‘Blue Monday’ — exclusive excerpt from ‘Mad World’ New Wave oral history

New Order on ‘Blue Monday’ — exclusive excerpt from ‘Mad World’ New Wave oral history

Next week sees the publication of “Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs that Defined the 1980s,” a tour through 35 classic songs via new interviews with the artists, a list that includes Depeche Mode, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths, Simple Minds and many, many more.

‘Barbed Wire Kisses’: Zoe Howe’s Jesus and Mary Chain biography due out in May

‘Barbed Wire Kisses’: Zoe Howe’s Jesus and Mary Chain biography due out in May

Originally due out last October, “Barbed Wire Kisses” — a 272-page biography of The Jesus and Mary Chain by music journalist and author Zoë Howe — is now set to be published in the U.S. and U.K. on May 19, but the paperback will be available a full month early, on Record Store Day, in the U.K.

Soundgarden to mark 20th anniversary of ‘Superunknown’ with 5CD box set — and more

Soundgarden to mark 20th anniversary of ‘Superunknown’ with 5CD box set — and more

Soundgarden will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its blockbuster album Superunknown this year with an ambitious reissue project that begins on Record Store Day with a collection of five limited-edition 10-inch singles, this is followed in June by 2CD and 2LP reissues, plus a monster 5CD “super deluxe edition.”

Morrissey does Morrissey: ‘Walking Dead’s’ Governor to read ‘Autobiography’ audiobook

Morrissey does Morrissey: ‘Walking Dead’s’ Governor to read ‘Autobiography’ audiobook

Perhaps now we know why The Governor has yet to re-appear on the new season of “The Walking Dead”: Actor David Morrissey, who portrays the power-mad villain on the AMC zombie series, is the voice behind the unabridged audiobook of Morrissey’s “Autobiography,” the singer revealed late Sunday.

Morrissey’s ‘Autobiography’ to be published in the U.S. on Dec. 3 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Morrissey’s ‘Autobiography’ to be published in the U.S. on Dec. 3 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Morrissey may have bemoaned he had no U.S. publisher for his just-released autobiography — cleverly titled “Autobiography” — but that’s no longer the case. The singer announced today that G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of his U.K. publisher Penguin, will put the best-seller out in the U.S. on Dec. 3.

Morrissey announces he’s ‘not homosexual,’ is ‘attracted to humans’ — but ‘not many’

Morrissey announces he’s ‘not homosexual,’ is ‘attracted to humans’ — but ‘not many’

Morrissey long has been coy about his sexuality, which is why the publication of his autobiography this past week generated a flurry of headlines about its revelation of a relationship with another man during the 1990s — reports that apparently have led the former Smiths frontman to proclaim he’s not gay, but, rather, “humasexual.”

Morrissey’s 480-page ‘Autobiography’ to be published Oct. 17 in Europe

Morrissey’s 480-page ‘Autobiography’ to be published Oct. 17 in Europe

After much handwringing, it’s official: Morrissey’s autobiography — cleverly titled “Autobiography” — will be published Oct. 17 in the U.K. and Europe by Penguin Classics, the publisher has confirmed, announcing that the 480-page paperback will cover the singer’s “life from his birth until the present day.”

Update: Morrissey now says ‘Autobiography’ will be published in Europe, but not U.S.

Update: Morrissey now says ‘Autobiography’ will be published in Europe, but not U.S.

Morrissey’s long-in-the-works autobiography — titled, appropriately, “Autobiography” — was set to be published next week, but the singer claims a last-minute and heretofore unexplained “content disagreement” with Penguin Classics “has caused the venture to collapse,” leaving the former Smiths frontman in search of a new publisher.

The Replacements, Dinosaur Jr each to be immortalized via new coffee-table books

The Replacements, Dinosaur Jr each to be immortalized via new coffee-table books

Make room on those coffee tables, college-rock fans: Both The Replacements and Dinosaur Jr will be the subject of new oversized, photo-laden hardback books due to published this November, with the former compiled by the author of the recent ‘Mats oral history, and the latter authorized by the band itself.

‘Barbed Wire Kisses’: New Jesus and Mary Chain biography due next year

‘Barbed Wire Kisses’: New Jesus and Mary Chain biography due next year

The story of The Jesus and Mary Chain — famous for 15-minute concerts and marrying squalling guitar noise with sweet ’60s pop on their iconic 1985 debut Psychocandy — will be told in “Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus and Mary Chain Story,” an biography due in October.

‘Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD’ to explore history, legacy of iconic indie label

‘Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD’ to explore history, legacy of iconic indie label

Legendary independent record label 4AD — home in the ’80s and ’90s to the Pixies, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Throwing Muses and so many more — will be the subject an exhaustive history this fall with the publication of Martin Aston’s new book “Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD.”