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Billy Corgan writing memoirs

By | Published on Wednesday 11 May 2011

Billy Corgan

That Billy Corgan, he just won’t stop announcing that he’s doing stuff. Already busy with the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins re-issues series, he’s now revealed that he’s working on what he’s calling a “spiritual memoir”. By that, I think he just means a normal memoir, but maybe I’m missing something.

He told Rolling Stone: “It’s a very interesting take inside my personal life and my band life. I’ve decided to write this on my own, which is complete insanity. I try to spend about an hour a day on the book, which is the time I would usually put towards music writing. So that means I have to find that hour, because I won’t give up that music writing time. It’s a journey, for sure”. I think we’ll judge if it’s “very interesting” or not, thank you very much.

He added that the book possibly wouldn’t include some of the incidents of his earlier life already retold via blogposts on MySpace, mainly because of some of the reactions those blogs caused. He continued: “It’s totally fresh material. When I started talking about child abuse stuff [previously], and people started saying, ‘You have no right to talk about that stuff’, it was a total turn off. Because people start saying, ‘Well, my dad ripped my arm off, so you can’t talk’. Well, I’m just talking about my journey. I apologise that I didn’t get beat more. Talking about child abuse in public brings out a lot of weird stuff from other people that haven’t healed from it, so I just got really bummed out, said ‘Fuck it’, and stopped”.

Entitled ‘God Is Everywhere’, the book is due to be published by St Martin’s Press in 2012.