Jacaranda Books has acquired Once Upon a Time in Shaolin by Cyrus Bozogmehr, the "untold" story of Wu-Tang Clan's controversial album of the same name.
Valerie Brandes and Laure Deprez of Jacaranda Books acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Juliet Mahony at Lutyens & Rubinstein.
The book documents the album’s development through the eyes of the project's senior adviser, Bozogmehr, and offers an insight into one of the "most popular" hip-hop bands in music history while addressing head-on the "dramatic devaluation" of music in the eyes of the modern consumer.
"'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" is described as an extraordinary experiment in music history. The album took six years in the making, culminating in a single, exquisitely packaged, double-CD that would find itself, through auction, in the hands of the Martin Shkrel, the American investor and pharmaceutical tycoon who the US media coined as America’s 'most hated man'," the publisher said.
Bozorgmehr is a creative consultant. He was the senior adviser to the "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" project and worked alongside Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and producer Cilvaringz. He lives in Marrakech, Morocco.
Jacaranda Books will publish Once Upon a Time in Shaolin in November.