Published Jun 27, 2018Ever wondered how Robert Pollard manages to churn out a new album every couple of months? Fans will soon get new insight into the Guided By Voices songwriter thanks to an upcoming authorized biography. Titled Closer You Are: The Story of Robert Pollard and Guided by Voices, it will be out on August 21 through Da Capo.
The book is written by Matthew Cutter, a longtime friend of Pollard's who wrote it with the singer's blessing. The author conducted interviews with Pollard's friends, family and bandmates, and he was reportedly given "unfettered access to Pollard himself and his extensive archives."
Closer You Are takes its name from a track from the 1995 GBV album Alien Lanes. A listing from the publisher offers the following taste of what the book will contain inside of its pages:
Pollard was a longtime grade school teacher who toiled endlessly on his music, only finding success after adopting a do-it-yourself approach, relying on lo-fi home recordings for much of his and his band's career. A prolific artist, Pollard continues to churn out album after album, much to the acclaim of critics and his obsessive and devoted fans. But his story has never been faithfully told in its entirety. Until now.
The tome is 368 pages and will be released as a hardcover and as an e-book. It's available to pre-order here.
Knowing Pollard, by the time the book comes out, GBV will likely have released another album or two.