Orion has bought two biographies, one of Jimi Hendrix and the other of Motorhead, by music writer Mick Wall.
Anna Valentine, publishing director, non-fiction, acquired world rights from Robert Kirby of United Agents for the books.
Wall’s biography of Hendrix, to be released in October 2016 in hardback and e-book (£20), will be “essential reading for Hendrix fans and music lovers”, said Orion. Wall has close ties to Hendrix’s colleagues and collaborators, and has edited two Hendrix specials for Classic Rock magazine.
Meanwhile, the biography of Motorhead will follow in October of the following year. Wall worked as Motorhead’s PR in the 1990s and has known its founder Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister for 35 years. Orion said the book will be “the first authoritative and in-depth account of Motörhead, offering readers a chance to discover the real story behind one of the world’s best loved rock bands”.
Valentine said: “Mick Wall is a stellar writer, having sold over half a million books worldwide. He has unprecedented access to key players in the music world, meaning he really gets underneath the skin of his subjects, bringing them to life with his unique blend of storytelling. I’m so thrilled to be working with Mick on Jimi Hendrix and Motörhead – both books are destined to be category killers in their genre.”
Wall said: "For me it’s all about the stories, and there are none greater, more complex, funny, sad, exciting and just plain weird than that of Jimi Hendrix and Motörhead. I see these books as representing the pinnacle of my career as a serious rock biographer.”
Wall has written a number of music biographies, including Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre: A Biography of The Doors, released by Orion last year.