Manic Street Preachers bassist signs two-book deal with Faber & Faber, beginning with Death of the Polaroid: A Manics Family Album due in November.
To a list of authors that includes TS Eliot and WH Auden, Faber & Faber has added Manic Street Preachers bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire. On Tuesday, the London publisher announced the acquisition of two titles by the musician, the first of which will be published in November. Death of the Polaroid: A Manics Family Album will feature a selection of the several thousand Polaroids that Wire has taken charting the band's history, together with his own accompanying text.
"You see the unravelling of four kids that grew up in a bedroom, dreaming of taking over the world," Wire said. "I wouldn't describe myself as a photographer, but the instantaneous beauty of a Polaroid is perfect for the medium of cataloguing a rock'n'roll band."
The Manics have always been one of Britain's more literary bands, and Wire wrote in defence of libraries faced with closure for the Guardian in February.
Talking about his own book, he remembered growing up in Wales as a "poetry obsessive" in thrall to Philip Larkin, who he described as "the poetry equivalent of Morrissey - it seemed kind of dowdy, Hull, ordinary, but really it was Technicolor and out of this world".
Wire recalled his former bandmate Richey Edwards was a fan of Sylvia Plath, another Faber author, and of the publishing firm, founded in 1929. He added: "There's not many labels you'd trust like that ... Creation Records, you'd buy everything on that [growing up] and Faber seemed to be a bit like that."