According to The Village Voice:
Soula Coaster: Diary of Me, the cover of which made theroundsthis morning. Online bookseller Indigo has the title listed for pre-sale, along with the release date of next Tuesday, November 15. But Soula Coasterhas been pulled off Amazon with the ominous “We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock” disclaimer.
And the project’s co-author David Ritz, a celebrity biographer who not only released books with Grandmaster Flash, Ray Charles, and Tavis Smiley (plus Snoop from The Wire!), but famously co-wrote “Sexual Healing” with Marvin Gaye, confirmed via email that the title wouldn’t be released next week.
This thing has been a great, big cluster fuck from the beginning. Having first been announced in 2009, this thing has been described as everything from a “scrapbook of his time in the industry” to “an autobiography designed to show the world who the man really is”.
There has been no controlling of the message, as those in the industry would say, and I can honestly say I’ve seen self-published books handled more professionally than this great, big steenkin’ mess.
Hopefully it either hits stores soon, so I can have tons of new material to crack jokes with or it never sees the light of day, diminishing our cultural identity in the process.