Phoenix Announce New Memoir 'Liberté, Égalité, Phoenix!'

Remember books? The French do!

July 24, 2019

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French indie-rock champs Phoenix have announced their first-ever memoir, Liberté, Égalité, Phoenix!, due out this October. 

Far from a random date, the release coincides with the 30th anniversary of the band's formation as schoolboys in Versailles, 20 years since their Virgin Records debut LP, 'Untitled', and 10 years since winning the Best Alternative Album Grammy for their seminal record, 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix'.  Alongside a narrative stitched together by Guardian editor Laura Snapes, the book will include an oral history as presented by the band members themselves, frontman Thomas Mars, bassist Deck d’Arcy, guitarist Christian Mazzalai, and guitarist/keyboardist Laurent Brancowitz.

A press release also shares that the book will incorporate "photography of everything from their instruments to the notebooks in which every lyric and chord change were carefully notated". Snapes embellishes on the aforementioned details, adding on Twitter, "It covers *everything*: from literally meeting as children to being extremely grubby students in Paris, being "les petits" of the French touch right on through to the four erudite synth sybarites you know today. I really hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it."

Will be fascinating to see what new details are to be mined from the novel, especially as compared to the recently celebrated Beastie Boys book, which parlayed a plethora of insightful anecdotes which would have remained otherwise untold.  Who knows, maybe this'll get a filmed live tour re-enactment directed by Spike Jonze as well.  For noq pre-order the book, due out October 15th, here, and revisit the band's full live set from Brooklyn Steel last year, below.