The long-awaited memoir by one of the music world’s most iconic performers and songwriters, Elvis Costello, will publish in Autumn 2015.

The memoir, written by Costello himself, will be called Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink and will be published by Penguin Books UK imprint Viking. The book’s jacket image was revealed today.

Elvis Costello cover

Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line and son of a jazz musician who became a successful radio dance band vocalist. Costello went into the family business and had taken the popular music world by storm before he was twenty-four.

Costello continues to add to one of the most intriguing and extensive songbooks of the day. His performances have taken him from a cardboard guitar in his front room to fronting a rock and roll band on your television screen and performing in the world’s greatest concert halls in a wild variety of company.

Unfaithful Music describes how Costello’s career has somehow endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom.

The memoir, written entirely by Costello himself, offers his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best known songs and the hits of tomorrow. The book contains many stories and observations about his renowned co-writers and co-conspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations on the less appealing side of infamy.

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is destined to be a classic, idiosyncratic memoir of a singular man.

Viking is an imprint of Penguin Random House. Its authors include Clare Balding, Antony Beevor, John le Carré, Emma Healey, Nick Hornby, Simon Schama, Will Self, Claire Tomalin and Neil Young.

Elvis Costello cover

 

Elvis Costello’s Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink will be published in August 2015. Pre-order your copy here.

 

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