Von Hirschberg makes first Faber Social purchase

Von Hirschberg makes first Faber Social purchase

Faber has won rights to a history of world music, from legendary music producer Joe Boyd, which has been 12 years in the making. 

Alexa von Hirschberg bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Boyd’s as-yet-untitled book at auction from Matthew Hamilton at The Hamilton Agency. It is von Hirschberg’s first acquisition for Faber since joining from Bloomsbury earlier this year to lead Faber Social.

Boyd has worked with scores of bands in his 50-plus years in the music business, including Pink Floyd, Nick Drake and REM. His book will tell the “back stories of world music and its complex and fascinating cast of characters”. 

Von Hirschberg said: “Boyd’s remarkable book will do for world music what Alex Ross did for classical in The Rest is Noise. Joe has extraordinary knowledge and access to the great global names and untold stories, writes fluently and compellingly, and blends history and politics to put this music in its proper context. I have no doubt that this book will be a classic.”