The man who penned “Everyday I Write the Book” has officially penned one himself. Elvis Costello‘s “unconventional but indelible memoir” Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink will arrive on October 13th, with the tome available as both a hardcover and an audiobook. Fans can pre-order now at the Penguin site.
The book will find the My Aim Is True rocker looking back at his five-decade career over the course of the memoir’s 352 pages. “This is his story, written himself, rich with anecdotes about family and fellow musicians, introspective about the creation of his famous songs,” Penguin Publishing wrote in their overview of the autobiography.
While this might be Costello’s first official memoir, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer previously penned a 60,000-word reflection on his music and career in 2001 when Rhino reissued his 1977-1996 catalog. As Slate reported, a personal essay by Costello was packed in the liner notes of each album – 17 in all – but those reissues are long out-of-print and the essays were never officially republished. It’s unknown whether Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink will repurpose those essays or if the memoir is a completely new work.
Perhaps inspired by his endeavor as an author, Costello’s latest concerts, including his most recent gig March 18th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has featured the singer interspersing his personal stories between the songs, creating a quasi-Storytellers feel to the performance.
Before Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink hits shelves, Costello and the Impostors will hit the road with Steely Dan for a joint trek this summer.