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People Really Want to Buy Keith Richards’ Memoir

As promised, UK superagent Ed Victor held off until this month to shop around Rolling Stones guitarman Keith Richards‘ memoirs, and the gambit has paid off handsomely, according to Crain’s Matthew Flamm. Bidding for a book by the Rolling Stones’ famed founding member, co-song writer and rhythm guitarist has reached $7.1 million for world English rights, according to publishing industry sources. With just three houses vying for the book, now the battle rages between HarperCollins and Little, Brown.

“This is Bill Clinton money,” an executive not involved in the bidding told Flamm. Knopf paid $10 million to $12 million for former President Clinton’s autobiography in 2001, while we’re guessing the final bid will be somewhere in the vicinity of $8 million. Alan Greenspan money, perhaps?

Dateline LBF: Further to the Dealmaking

  • Peter Ackroyd moves from Random House to Macmillan in a six-book deal. (the Bookseller)
  • UK rights to Eagles guitarist Don Felder‘s HEAVEN AND HELL: MY LIFE AS AN EAGLE went to Wiedenfeld & Nicholson. US rights are with Hyperion. (the Bookseller)
  • EVERY HOME NEEDS A BALCONY by Rina Frank, pitched as “the Israeli KITE RUNNER”, has sold in six countries. (the Bookseller)
  • UK & Commonwealth rights for Believer editor Ed Park‘s PERSONAL DAYS was pre-empted by Rosalind Porter at Vintage. (the Bookseller)
  • US rights to Sophie Dahl‘s novel PLAYING WITH THE GROWN-UPS went to, of all people, Nan Talese/Doubleday. (the Bookseller)
  • One deal that won’t be brokered at LBF, contrary to rumor, is for Keith Richards‘ memoirs. But agent Ed Victor did confirm that he would be selling the memoir this summer. “In terms of foreign rights it will be the hot book at Frankfurt,” he predicted. (the Bookseller)

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