Kate Bush announces first ever lyric book How To Be Invisible

The utterly iconic Kate Bush has just announced that she will be releasing her first ever book of hand-selected lyrics, titled How to Be Invisible.

The book will be published by Faber on December 6th and will feature a segment written by Cloud Atlas author and long-time fan of Bush, David Mitchell.

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How to Be Invisible: Selected Lyrics will be the first time Kate Bush has ever published an exclusive written collection of her own works.

David Mitchell described to The Guardian that Kate Bush was his ‘hero’. Bush supposedly holds a special place in his heart as a result of her unique ability to evoke genuine emotion in her listeners.

“For millions around the world Kate is way more than another singer-songwriter: she is a creator of musical companions that travel with you through life.”

“One paradox about her is that while her lyrics are avowedly idiosyncratic, those same lyrics evoke emotions and sensations that feel universal.”

The ode to Kate Bush also comes from his sophisticated literary understanding of her prolific lyrics and composition.

“Her songs read like scenes from short stories, or the stories themselves (odd ones). It’s hard to think of a novelist, let alone another singer-songwriter, who takes on such diverse narrative viewpoints with Bush’s aplomb: a foetus during nuclear war (Breathing), a weather-machine inventor’s daughter (Cloudbusting), a suicide bomber (Pull Out the Pin) or a dancer whose partner turns out to be Hitler (Heads We’re Dancing).”

Kate Bush’s last release took the form of a live album from her Before the Dawn performance, released in 2016. Shortly after, the icon received her first nomination to be inducted into Ohio’s Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame.

The new book release will be a simple, cloth-bound Faber edition that will be available all over the world on December 6.

Via The Guardian.