Kate Bush has selected and arranged a collection of her lyrics for a new cloth-bound book, How To Be Invisible: Selected Lyrics. The book is due out on 6 December through Faber. David Mitchell, the author behind Cloud Atlas and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, who previously wrote three spoken-word sections of Bush’s 2014 ‘Before The Dawn’ shows, has penned an introduction for the book.
In a press release, Mitchell says, “For millions around the world Kate is way more than another singer-songwriter: she is a creator of musical companions that travel with you through life. One paradox about her is that while her lyrics are avowedly idiosyncratic, those same lyrics evoke emotions and sensations that feel universal.”
Faber has not yet disclosed which of the influential singer-songwriter’s songs will be included in the collection. Bush, who turned 60 in July, is considered one of the greatest lyricists of all time for her command of literature, sensuality, gender dynamics and childlike innocence. In 2002, she was awarded the Ivor Novello award for outstanding contribution to music.
Writing in The Guardian in 2011, Mitchell remarked on Kate Bush’s distinguished literary style: “Her songs read like scenes from short stories, or the stories themselves (odd ones). It’s hard to think of a novelist, let alone another singer-songwriter, who takes on such diverse narrative viewpoints with Bush’s aplomb.”
Bush’s last musical release was a live recording from the Before the Dawn performances, released in November 2016. This year she received her first nomination for induction into Cleveland, Ohio’s Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame, alongside fellow first-time nominees Nina Simone, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Dire Straits and The Moody Blues. 2018’s inductees will be revealed in December.
Kate Bush also recently released a short tribute to the dancer and mime artist Lindsay Kemp after his death in August. As an 18-year-old, she sought Kemp out for dance lessons after seeing his show Flowers in 1976. He later appeared in her 1993 film, The Line, The Cross and The Curve.