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Marissa Cetin
12 March 2024, 15:07

Neneh Cherry announces memoir, A Thousand Threads

The Swedish singer, songwriter and rapper has a focus on her musical and artistic family for her first book, out later this year

Neneh Cherry announces memoir, A Thousand Threads
Credit: Clare Shilland

Neneh Cherry has written a memoir, titled A Thousand Threads, to be published later this year.

The legendary singer, songwriter and rapper's first book will have a focus on her musical and artistic family, growing up in Sweden as her mother remarried to Don Cherry, with eventual alternative artist Eagle-Eye as a stepbrother, and later moving to New York and London. There, she connected with the local early punk scenes and got her start recording with the Slits.

In addition to her family's musical throughline, A Thousand Threads "celebrates female empowerment and shines a light on the global music scene", according to its US publisher Scribner, who will release the memoir on 8th October. It'll be published on 3rd October by Fern Press in the UK. 

Neneh Cherry announced her memoir on her 60th birthday, 10th March, via Instagram. "I'm really happy and slightly terrified to announce that I have written a book", she wrote. "It's taken a long time to get here — at times, like giving birth — and it is certainly a strange feeling to know that this will be in the world soon".

Cherry's last album was 2018's Broken Politics, her second project produced by Four Tet after the 2014 LP Blank Project'. 

Last May, Ben Cardew reflected on Neneh Cherry's breakout debut album, 1989's 'Raw Like Sushi', home to beloved singles 'Buffalo Stance' and 'Manchild'. Revisit the in-depth feature on its influence and legacy.