The Stone Roses biography set for 2012 release

Fool's Gold by Simon Spence is due out next autumn

EDIT: The Stone Roses confirm reunion and two homecoming shows for 2012

An authorised biography of The Stone Roses, Fool’s Gold, is set to be released on October 25 2012.

Publishers Viking recently paid an undisclosed six figure sum for the book at auction. Written by Simon Spence, who ghost wrote former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham’s book Stoned, the book will first be released in a £20 hardback edition, reports The Bookseller.

Fool’s Gold will feature 50 unseen photos of The Stone Roses, and is based on over 400 hours of new interviews with the band as well as friends and music industry figures.

The rights to the book were bought by Viking’s editorial director Joel Rickett. Of the forthcoming release he 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.

Next autumn Penguin – who own Viking – will also be publishing Neil Young’s memoir and David Bowie’s Object, in which he writes about various items which influenced his work and career.