HarperCollins has won the contest for The Who guitarist Pete Townshend's memoirs, with final bids understood to have been received by the agent Ed Victor yesterday.
In a world English rights deal, HarperCollinsUK Non-Fiction publisher, Carole Tonkinson, and HarperUS executive editor David Hirshey made a joint acquisition from Victor. HarperCollins plans to release the book in autumn 2012.
Townshend formed The Who in the 1960s, with the band quickly becoming one of the most influential and critically acclaimed of all time. Along with hits like My Generation and The Seeker, Townshend also penned the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia.
Tonkinson said: "Pete Townshend is, without a doubt, one of the most creative and influential musicians of our time. We feel deeply privileged to be publishing what is sure to be one of the most compelling autobiographies of recent years.”
In addition to his work with The Who, Townshend has written extensively for newspapers and magazines.
Townshend said: "This book is not a vanity for me. It is an essential rite of passage. I know I am good at what I do as a performer and composer, but since my early teens I have been happiest when writing. Writing is my principal daily occupation. Rock 'n' Roll is a tough career, however cynically or comically it is portrayed by its detractors. I am lucky to be alive and to have such a crazy story to tell, full of wild adventures and creative machinations."