Published Oct 04, 2011Despite rumours to the contrary, Madchester heroes the Stone Roses have repeatedly insisted that they have no intention of ever reforming. But that didn't stop of the group from signing off on an authorized biography, due out in October 2012 through Penguin.
Entitled Fool's Gold, it is being written by journalist Simon Spence. According to the Independent, he spent more than 400 hours interviewing the band members for the tome. It will trace their rise following the release of their self-titled 1989 debut, which has since gone on to be considered one of the most iconic British albums ever.
As you may know, the band never managed to recapture that LP's success. The long-delayed followup, 1994's Second Coming, was a flop, and the Stone Roses officially disbanded in 1996. They haven't played together since.
Penguin editor Joel Rickett said: "The Stone Roses were the band of my generation. They defined an era and made perhaps the best album ever -- a flawless record that's as thrilling now as it was in 1989. They've refused to exploit or tarnish their legacy. So I'm thrilled that they've agreed to work with Simon Spence to tell their story. I can't think of a more exciting book to publish."
This book will follow another first-hand document of the Madchester scene: Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder released a memoir entitled Twisting My Melon last month.