It was at least three years ago that I first heard that Bowie was plundering his archives for some kind of expansive,glossy autobiography. There were rumours, false announcements and even a fake or two.
Now, though, everything seems to be almost ready. And the special edition will only cost you around $3,000.
Here's the press release via Music-News:
Genesis is proud to announce SPEED OF LIFE, the new publication born out of a 40-year collaboration between musician, actor and producer, David Bowie, and photographer and designer, Masayoshi Sukita.
In their fine bound edition, the authors have opened up Sukita's archives to assemble a 300-page photo essay which, captioned with their own recollections and memories, traces the development of Bowie's remarkable career from 1972 to the present day.
David Bowie: 'It's very hard for me to accept that Sukita-san has been snapping away at me since 1972 but that really is the case... May he click into eternity.'
With an official publication date set for May 2012, SPEED OF LIFE celebrates Ziggy Stardust's 40th anniversary and ten years since Genesis's first collaboration with Bowie. That edition (MOONAGE DAYDREAM, 2002) is sold out with Deluxe copies often listed at auction with estimates in excess of £2,000.
SPEED OF LIFE is the first book ever to present an extensive visual account of David Bowie's ongoing relationship with Japan and it's influence on his work. Both authors' words are written in English and Japanese.
The edition is strictly limited to 2,000 copies available via http://www.genesis-publications.com/ each copy of the limited edition is individually signed by Bowie and Sukita.
A specially created record pressing is also included. Here, for the first time together on a 7" vinyl single, are parts 1 and 2 of David Bowie's 1980 recording, 'It's No Game'.
The limited edition is printed onto heavyweight matt art paper and quarter hand-bound in a bespoke-dyed calfskin leather, onto a turquoise cloth cover as personally selected by David Bowie.