Given his acclaim as a songwriter, it goes without saying that a memoir by Elvis Costello is eagerly anticipated, and the former Declan McManus will finally deliver this fall when Penguin publishes his 352-page autobiography, entitled “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.”
The book is due out Oct. 13. Read the full publisher’s description:
The long-awaited, unconventional but indelible memoir by one of the music world’s greatest and most influential songwriters and performers, Elvis Costello.
From his release, with The Attractions, of My Aim is True in 1976, Elvis Costello has been one of the most popular and genre-bending entertainers of our era. Born to a musical family outside of London and relocated to Liverpool, Costello created his own form of punk, became one of the first artists to exploit the newly-burgeoning MTV-Video world and managed to make himself a huge reputation in the UK and the U.S. through both his catchy tunes, provocative, poetic lyrics and more than a few instances of bad behavior. Now, having just turned sixty, Elvis is in the pantheon of elder statesmen musician/rockers, collaborating often with the likes of Paul McCartney, great ballet and opera companies, hip-hop groups, jazz ensembles while appearing frequently in venues like Carnegie Hall and on shows like David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon.
This is his story, written himself, rich with anecdotes about family and fellow musicians, introspective about the creation of his famous songs.
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- Video: Elvis Costello & The Roots play ‘Fallon,’ cover The Specials in Brooklyn
- Elvis Costello and The Roots debut ‘Walk Us Uptown’ — first single off ‘Wise Up Ghost’
- Elvis Costello and The Roots to drop ‘moody, brooding’ album ‘Wise Up Ghost’ this fall
- Video: Elvis Costello and The Roots cover Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Brilliant Disguise,’ ‘Fire’
Sigh. I hope the book is more accurate the press release. My Aim Is True was released in 1977 and the Attractions didn’t play on it (Huey Lewis’ band Clover did).
Oh that’s going to knock down the wall between written and oral discourse. Maybe I’ll be able to read stuff for enjoyment by that time. Fingers crossed.