An authorized biography detailing the career of British rockers the Stone Roses is set to be released next year.
The "Fool's Gold" hitmakers, fronted by Ian Brown, have agreed to allow Simon Spence - who also ghostwrote the Rolling Stones' former manager Andrew Loog Oldham's book Stoned - to pen their story.
A six-figure sum has been agreed for the deal, which will see a $32 hardback book hit shelves next October.
The tome, titled Fool's Gold, will feature 50 unseen photos and will be based on around 400 hours of interviews with the band, pals and music experts.
Publisher Joel Rickett says, "The Stone Roses were the band of my generation. They defined an era and made perhaps the best album ever - a flawless record that's as thrilling now as it was in 1989. They've refused to exploit or tarnish their legacy. So I'm thrilled that they've agreed to work with Simon Spence to tell their story. I can't think of a more exciting book to publish."
The Stone Roses were one of the pioneers of the Manchester, England music scene in the 1980s and early '90s and led the way for the likes of Oasis and Happy Mondays. They split in 1996.
Former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown