Britpop legend Jarvis Cocker will trade his guitar for a blue pencil as he joins Faber as an editor-at-large in January. The Pulp frontman will work closely with publishing director Lee Brackstone and editorial director Hannah Griffiths in a broad commissioning role.
Earlier this year, Brackstone and Griffiths acquired Cocker's book of lyrics, Mother, Brother, Lover, which Faber publishes this month.
Brackstone said: "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 has been ramping up its music publishing in recent years. World rights were recently bought for Future Days: A History of Krautrock by David Stubbs and Psychedelia and Other Colours by Rob Chapman, who has previously written a well-received biography of Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett.
Faber will also be selling rights at Frankfurt Book Fair in Will Oldham's book on Bonnie Prince Billy, Julian Cope's Copendium, and James Fearnley's memoir of a career as accordion player in The Pogues. In 2009, Faber launched a music magazine, Loops, with indie label Domino.
Of his appointment, Cocker said: "I am proud, and more than a little excited, to be asked to work with Faber in an editorial capacity. It is my dearest hope that we will produce some fantastic books together. It's all happening."