Underworld singer Karl Hyde is to publish his diaries.
Hyde began writing a public diary on Undeworld’s website at the height of the band’s success in 1999. I Am Dogboy selects passages from Hyde’s online entries and rearranges them to form an autobiographical narrative from childhood to the early years of Underworld. The diary entries are interspersed with poems and tour diaries.
I Am Dogboy will be published by Faber & Faber on November 3, with the book’s jacket designed by John Warwicker, co-founder of regular Underworld sleeve designers Tomato. Hyde and Warwicker have previously co-authored design books Mmm…Skyscraper I Love You and In The Belly Of St Paul.
A special edition of I Am Dogboy can be pre-ordered from Underworld’s website. It will feature one of 100 pieces of a painting by Hyde inspired by the book, signed by the singer, plus a copy of In The Belly Of St Paul and a tote bag. It costs £150.
The diary announcement coincides with Underworld announcing a one-off show at London Alexandra Palace on March 17. Tickets, at £35, go on sale on Friday. The show will be a year to the month since Underworld last played in London. The duo played at Glastonbury on Friday.
The gig will round off touring Underworld’s recent album ‘Barbara, Barbara, We Face A Shining Future’.