Simon & Schuster Win Paul Simon Bidding War

Five other publishers were interested in the rights to the singer’s authorized biography. But in the end, per AP’s Hillel Italie, Simon & Schuster came out the winner.

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There is no title or release date yet for the book, which will be crafted by former Los Angeles Times music critic Robert Hilburn. It promises to be a great read:

Hilburn said Tuesday that Simon was compiling a list of people he has been close to and sending the biographer contact information.

“There is no sense that anyone is off limits,” Hilburn wrote in an email. “I made it clear that I plan to speak to everyone who has played a part in his life, and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to make sure he read the Johnny Cash book — to see there are moments of darkness in it. Paul has had no problem with that.”

Indeed. In a separate statement, Simon said that it was that very 2013 biography of Cash that helped convince him Hilburn was the right man for the job.

Photo of Simon performing at Turkey’s Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theater July 19, 2011: Fulya Atalay/Shutterstock.com