John Oates, one half of the duo Hall & Oates, has signed a book deal to publish a memoir.
As Billboard reports, Oates will pen an autobiographical account of his life and career, to be released by St. Martin’s Press in “late 2016”.
It’s said that the memoir will draw upon Oates’ “pretty detailed” journals to tell an “intimate and fascinating” story.
Meanwhile, Hall & Oates recently took legal action against a company who sell granola named Haulin’ Oats. The duo moved to stop Brooklyn-based Early Bird, makers of the “wholesome and nourishing small batch granola,” from distributing their product under the name.
The musical pair brought the case to the Brooklyn federal court, and claim that their trademark has been infringed with a “phonetic play on Daryl Hall and John Oates’ well-known brand name”.
Daryl Hall and John Oates have stated that “the name and mark Haulin’ Oats is an obvious play upon Plaintiff’s well-known Hall & Oates mark, and was selected by defendant in an effort to trade off of the fame and notoriety associated with the artist’s and plaintiff’s well-known marks.”
The case notes confirm that this is not the first time a similarity between the names has been made with many others having attempted over the years “to make a connection between the artists’ names and oats-related products”.
Hall & Oates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year.