Century has acquired, in a “hotly contested auction”, the autobiography of Johnny Marr, co-founder of The Smiths.
Marr founded The Smiths alongside Morrissey, before going on to create super-group Electronic with Bernard Sumner of New Order.
He worked in bands including The Pretenders, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, and has had a solo career. In 2014 he released his second album Playland.
Marr said: “For the past few years as I’ve been out on tour promoting my solo work fans and journalists have been asking me when I’ll write my book. I’m very happy to say that the time has come to tell my story.”
Publishing director Ben Dunn bought world rights to the book from Kevin Conroy Scott at Tibor Jones & Associates on behalf of Joe Moss at First Third Ltd.
Dunn said: “It’s the book Smiths’ fans have been waiting their whole lives and the early material that Johnny has written is utterly breath-taking. I’m delighted that Johnny has chosen Century to be his publisher.”
Century will publish in hardback and e-book in autumn 2016 with an Arrow paperback the following year.
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