Billy Corgan continues his always-surprising hype machine. This year alone, he’s announced Oceania, the “album within an album” of his 44-song project, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, he’s discussed his plans to re-issue his back catalogue, and he’s even put out a new single. So, naturally it makes sense that he’s moved on to new fields like, say, a spiritual memoir about the Smashing Pumpkins. Right?
Take it from the man himself. Corgan recently spoke to Rolling Stone about the project, titled God is Everywhere, from Here to There, which he calls an “interesting take inside [his] personal life and [his] band life.” He also discusses the writing process, insisting that 1/3 of the book is complete, which roughly translates to around 300 pages. “I’ve decided to write this on my own, which is complete insanity. I try to spend about an hour a day on the book, which is the time I would usually put towards music writing. So that means I have to find that hour, because I won’t give up that music writing time. It’s a journey, for sure.”
A journey that should make for a wild read. But perhaps not too wild. Corgan notes that he won’t include his previous rants that he published via MySpace a few years back, alluding to problems with fans’ reactions. He adds: “Talking about child abuse in public brings out a lot of weird stuff from other people that haven’t healed from it, so I just got really bummed out, said ‘Fuck it,’ and stopped.” Probably a good idea.
While you can’t pre-order the prospective New York Times best-seller just yet, you can look out for it next year via St. Martin’s Press. Until then, appreciate the countless Pumpkins media that will no doubt flood the ‘net leading up to its release.