One half of Hall & Oates is getting ready to tell all. John Oates has announced he’ll release his memoir, Change of Seasons, on April 4, 2017, and he’ll be releasing some new music to accompany it as well.
Entertainment Weekly reports that along with the book, Oates will put out a collection of original and traditional songs that illustrate the stories he tells in the book, including a live version of “Maneater.” “I wanted to include my personal interpretations on some of the important music and artists who influenced me before I began to work with Daryl Hall,” he explains to EW.
“There’s a lot people don’t know about my musical roots from childhood. I wanted to create a kind of companion/soundtrack to the book,” he adds. “I really want this to be a unique experience for readers, something that goes beyond just the printed page.”
The memoir is based on Oates’ handwritten journals that he’s been keeping since the day he graduated college in 1970, through to the end of that decade. He tells EW, “There are many experiences taken directly from these journals as well as plumbing the memory, which has turned into a kind of regressive therapy for me, going back in time and letting the floodgates open.”
In a YouTube promo for the book, Oates says, “There’s a lot of stuff in there that might surprise you, and a lot of stuff I bet you didn’t know.”
As for why he wants to do this now, Oates – who turned 68 in April – explained, “I guess you just get to a point in life where you look back and realize that you are really fortunate to have grown up during a very unique musical era in American history.”
Change of Seasons is available for pre-order now.