Billy Corgan: 'I'm Writing A Spiritual Memoir With Plenty Of Sex And Drugs And Rock 'N' Roll'

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has revealed that he is writing an autobiography, which he has described as "a spiritual memoir".

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The singer, whose band released their new studio album "Oceania" in June, has said that though his book isn't "a rock 'n' roll autobiography", it does contain "plenty of sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll'".

Speaking to Billboard, Corgan also confirmed that the band are already working on the follow-up to "Oceania" and he has said he hopes to have it out by December 2013.

Asked about new material, the singer replied: "I've already started writing songs for a new album and definitely seems like it's going to be more of a rockin' affair."

Then asked about his hope of a December 2013 release, he added: "That's really ambitious, because we're still touring, and I've never been successful writing on tour. I don't even try. So even if we went into the studio in November when we come off of this tour, it's still pretty ambitious to have it out by then."

"Oceania" marked the Smashing Pumpkins return to making music in a traditional album format having spent the last few years releasing music straight on to the internet as part of their "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope" project.

Asked if he now was convinced that albums were here to stay, Corgan said: "I think it's a lot of energy for not a lot of return. I mean, what are great sales today? At least back in the day, it was like a million, two million - at least people were listening to it. Now you sell 100,000, and for all you know two million people are listening to it but you don't see it. You don't get the reward for it."

He continued: "The business treats you like shit if you don't do certain numbers. You can't get played on the radio 'cause the guy in the nameless band is outselling you. I really wish someone had come up with an alternative, but I don't know what supplants it. It's all very mystifying."

"Oceania" is the seventh of the Smashing Pumpkins career and was released on June 18.

Thanks to NME for the report.

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    You can hate him but its silly to deny his brilliant songwriting abilities and guitar skills. I enjoyed Oceania so Ill listen to whatever Billy and Co puts out. And yeah, he has no filter but thats a case with many rock-stars.
    I saw him in an interview from the 90s. He seemed pretty cool then but I have the feeling he has gotten a bit more bitter with age, which isn't always a bad thing.
    Should be serialised on Ultimate Guitar considering how much Courtney Love will feature in it. :oD
    Billy get's way to many headlines on UG for no apparent reason other than he open's his mouth and talks bollox.
    Veronique Vega
    So, approximately when is this book comming out? I'm looking forward to it, and any and all upcoming music. Just glad that Billy didn't say anything asinine in this article.