With Peter Hook already have written one book on Joy Division and planning a follow-up on New Order, Bernard Sumner now will get his say, too, the announcement that he’ll publish an autobiography in fall 2014 that will offer his “personal perspective both on my own life story and the many bands I’ve been in.”
With his new book “Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music,” author S. Alexander Reed — a University of Florida music theory professor and frontman of ThouShaltNot — has compiled what is being billed as both the “first serious study published on industrial music” and the “definitive treatment of the genre.”
The Pixies will be celebrated this fall in a brand new hardbound coffee-table book called “Pixies: A Visual History,” the first installment in a planned two-volume series designed to chronicle the legendary indie-rock act’s ascent, break-up, various solo projects and spin-off bands and, ultimately, its improbable reunion.
It’s been less than two years since Al Jourgensen reunited his iconic industrial/metal act Ministry, but after a mid-tour health scare and the loss of sideman and best friend Mike Scaccia late last year, Uncle Al his putting an end to the band once and for all with a final album, ‘From Beer to Eternity,’ and an autobiography.
With his music memoir “Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division” due for publication in the United States later this month, bassist Peter Hook has announced a 10-date book tour in late January and early February that will include, at half the stops, an on-stage conversation with noted journalists and authors.
A new 700-page biography of The Smiths by music writer and biographer Tony Fletcher will be published in the U.K. next week — but not in the U.S. until December — and promises, through “extensive research, dozens of interviews and unprecedented access,” to tell “the complete story” of the iconic Manchester band.
The series launched this summer, and, so far, titles are available on Joy Division/New Order, The Smiths, Cocteau Twins and David Bowie. Next month sees publication of a title on Kate Bush, with books due in spring and summer 2013 on Abba, My Bloody Valentine, Kraftwerk, PIxies, R.E.M. and Roxy Music.
David Gedge and The Wedding Present this fall will offer fans an unusual look into the making of their latest album — Valentina, which came out in March — via a 64-page hardback book that promises a “behind-the-scenes account” of the album’s recording complete with rare photos and track-by-track commentary.
Peter Hook will follow up his 2009 memoir ‘The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club’ this fall with a new book that purports to tell ‘the definitive story of Joy Division’ by offering a behind-the-scenes look into the band’s ‘friendships and fall-outs, their rehearsals and recording sessions,’ as well as the suicide of Ian Curtis and its aftermath.
Rhino Records is branching out into the literary world with today’s debut of ‘Single Notes,’ a new eBook series that kicks off with Binky Philips’ story of how his band, The Planets, became a ‘CBGB almost-was’ and Lyndsey Parker’s memoir of unabashed Duran Duran fandom.
Mike Scott, frontman and core member of The Waterboys, next month will publish ‘Adventures of a Waterboy,’ a 272-page ‘musical memoir’ that promises ‘an eye-opening account of Mike’s life in music’ via ‘blow-by-blow descriptions of his days in teenage garage bands, the rise of The Waterboys’ and beyond.
The story of the Meat Puppets will be told through new interviews with Peter Buck, J Mascis, Ian MacKaye, Flea, Henry Rollins, Lee Ranaldo, Mike Watt and more in Greg Prato’s new authorized, 407-page oral history of the legendary indie-rockers, ‘Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets,’ due out June 1.
The next book in the ever-expanding 33⅓ series of album dissections finds celebrated novelist Jonathan Lethem tackling Talking Heads’ 1979 classic ‘Fear of Music’ — and while the 160-page book won’t arrive until later this month, you can now read the first 23 pages online.