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Anthrax Founder Scott Ian to Pen Memoir For Perseus

scottianScott Ian, founding member of the thrash band Anthrax, has signed a book deal with Da Capo Press, a Perseus Books Group imprint. Perseus will publish Ian’s memoir I’m the Man next year.

“Why a book? Because I think my story can connect with anyone and, if I was able to make the life I wanted for myself happen, then anyone can,” said Ian in a statement. “I’m really excited to be writing a book because the idea of getting forty-something years of stuff out of my brain and onto the page seems very therapeutic. Plus if I didn’t do it now, I’d start forgetting and wouldn’t be able to share all these killer stories with you, my friends!”

Ben Schafer, executive editor at Da Capo acquired the world rights to the book from Jim Fitzgerald of the James Fitzgerald Agency.

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Ron Perlman Lands Deal for Memoir

sons304Sons of Anarchy and Hellboy star Ron Perlman has inked a book deal for his upcoming book, Easy Street—The Hard Way: A Memoir.

Da Capo Press will publish the memoir, recounting the actor’s “rising from the streets of New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood.” Folio Literary Management agent Katherine Latshaw negotiated the deal with executive editor Ben Schafer. Perlman will work with author Michael Largo on the book. Perlman had this quote in the release:

When my children decided to enter a life in the arts … I began to feel a growing obsession to say something that would be helpful. I concluded that any counsel I could provide would be empty without a sense of perspective; who was I when I started and who am I now? What did the business of making art look like back then and how did it transform into what it is today? After 40 years, I have certainly gained a great deal of perspective. Another certainty is that I love movies more today than yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow. Cinema is too sacred a Humanity for us to leave in the hands of passionless, creativity-killing, corporate bottom-liners. Who we are as a culture is at stake. This is very personal for me. This is a chance to look back. And set the record straight.

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Brian Wilson To Write Memoir

70-year-old Beach Boys songwriter and music legend Brian Wilson inked a book deal with Da Capo Press to write his memoir.

The book will cover some of the darkest moment’s of Wilson’s life, including his highly publicized nervous breakdown and his “dangerous relationship with therapist Dr. Gene Landy.” The Agency Group agent Marc Gerald negotiated the deal with Da Capo executive editor Ben Schafer. Here’s more from the release:

For his memoir Wilson will be working with Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal editor Jason Fine. Wilson will describe, for the first time, the epic highs and lows of his life—from his tumultuous relationship with his father, the loss of his mother and brothers, his fears about live performance, and the struggles he faced to lead the Beach Boys away from surf music into experimental terrain to his remarkable personal and professional comeback from drug addiction and mental illness with the support of his second wife, Melinda. He will share a new level of emotional honesty never before expressed in earlier books about him.

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Metallica Biography Coming from Da Capo

The rock band Metallica will get a two-volume biography from Da Capo Press. Written by rock author Paul Brannigan and music journalist Ian Winwood, the first volume of Birth. School. Metallica. Death will hit shelves in the fall of 2013.

DeFiore & Company agent Matthew Elblonk negotiated the deal (in association with Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander) with Da Capo Press executive editor Ben Schafer.

The editor had this comment: “Metallica’s story is an epic narrative finally getting the same multi-book treatment as Elvis Presley, Charles Darwin, and several former Presidents.”

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