Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has been hired by British publisher Faber and Faber as its new editor-at-large. As part of the new gig, Cocker will take what the publisher is calling a "broad commissioning role" for the publisher in seeking out new titles, with a focus on topics related to music.
"Jarvis felt like a natural fit with the Faber sensibility, both as author and editor, and I'm sure the small list of books he will develop will represent his eccentric and yet popular touch," Faber editor Lee Blackstone told the Guardian. "We now have an excellent portfolio of authors from the pop world and our intention is to develop these relationships and continue to build a reputation as the home for exciting and original writing on music."
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Cocker will release Mother, Brother, Lover, a book of his lyrics accompanied by new commentary, with Faber next week. The singer is not the first rock star to take on an editorial role at Faber and Faber: Who guitarist Pete Townshend worked at the publisher in a similar role in the Eighties.