Publishers Simon & Schuster will publish a new biography of late rock star David Bowie, according to the New York Times. Titled "The Age of Bowie," it will be written by rock journalist Paul Morley and is scheduled to be released later this year.
Morley recently worked with singer Grace Jones in the writing of her biography "I'll Never Write My Memoirs." He is a writer, broadcaster and cultural critic who has written about music, art and entertainment since the 1970's.
"On the day it was announced that David Bowie had died, before there was any time to think, I was asked a hundred times what I thought," Morley said in a press statement. "What I really thought was that it would take a book to help fully process what Bowie meant to me, to music and popular culture, and to the world out there that changed because of him. Then I thought, I need to write that book."
The biography is expected to chronicle the final years of his life, in which he worked on the Off-Broadway musical Lazarus and completed his final album "Blackstar" – all the while keeping his cancer from public view.
Mr. Bowie lost a very private 18-month battle with cancer Jan. 10 at age 69. He released his album "Blackstar" just days before his death and had recently made his musical theatre writing debut with Lazarus, a new musical created by Mr. Bowie in collaboration with Tony-winning playwright Enda Walsh. Helmed by Ivo van Hove, Lazarus finished performances at New York Theatre Workshop Jan. 20. Van Hove was one of the few to have known about his illness. He said Mr. Bowie told him about it when they first began collaborating on the show, but asked that it remain strictly confidential.