David Lynch is working on a memoir that will deal with the plethora of inaccurate stories and urban legends doing rounds about his life and work.
UPDATE (February 2017): David Lynch’s “Life & Work” memoir does not have a confirmed release date yet, but the provisional date is February 1, 2018. Book Depository is currently taking pre-orders with a 10% discount and free worldwide shipping.
There’s a lot of bullshit out there about me, in books and all over the Internet. I want to get all the right information in one place, so if someone wants to know something, they can find it here. And I wouldn’t do it with anyone other than Kristine; she and I go way back, and she gets it right.
—David Lynch in a statement from Canongate, the book’s publisher in the UK (via The Guardian)
Life & Work won’t be a straightforward autobiography. What did you think? It’s David Lynch! Co-author and journalist Kristine McKenna, who interviewed David Lynch many times before, will draw from conversations with 90 of the director’s friends, family members and collaborators, as well as the man’s own stories for the biographical backbone of this book.
While he might provide some insight in his recent negotiation tactics with Showtime, and clear up the fact that he was gone for most of the production of the first season of Twin Peaks, don’t count on David Lynch to finally reveal how he made the Eraserhead baby, Spike. Or will he?
Hardcover, audio book and eBook editions are expected to be released
in 2017 February 2018. It’s not David Lynch’s first autobiographical book. He previously published Catching The Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity (Amazon) in 2007. A biographical documentary and the third volume in the Lynch series, Lynch Three, is currently in post-production and due to premiere next year.
From the press release:
LIFE AND WORK will be an unusual hybrid of biography and memoir based on interviews with approximately ninety of Lynch’s friends, family, and associates. He opens up about a lifetime of extraordinary creativity, the friendships he’s made along the way, and the struggles he’s faced to bring his projects to fruition.
The book will be a combination of biographical sections, written by journalist, critic and art curator Kristine McKenna, that are based on research and interviews with candid ex-wives, family members, actors, agents, musicians and collaborators in various fields. These sections will be followed by pieces written by Lynch himself in which he will respond to the material that came before. People who have known and worked with Lynch will provide their own understanding of the parts of his life and work they were part of, while Lynch will have the chance to reflect on his own memories of these experiences, as well as theirs. This is Lynch riffing on his own life, unfiltered and unedited – a fascinating combination of primary source material and analysis.