PRNewsFoto/Live Nation/Mark SeligerPaul Simon‘s life and work will be the subject of a definitive biography which he himself will be involved in, reports Entertainment Weekly.

The biography will be written by Robert Hilburn, the former pop music editor of the Los Angeles Times. Hilburn first interviewed Simon in the ’70s, and in a statement, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said, “I’m confident [he] will write an insightful book. I enjoyed and admired his biography of Johnny Cash and I think he’ll tell my story well.” Simon has also told his friends, family and musical collaborators to talk to Hilburn.

“I thought seriously about writing my own memoir, but I’d rather devote my time to making music, which continues to hold my full attention,” Simon says, explaining why he’s not writing an autobiography.

Hilburn and Simon have already begun a series of in-depth interviews, though no release date is set for the book. In a statement, Hilburn predicts that the book will be “a gripping, inspiring portrait of an artist, including the toughness and heart it requires to avoid giving in to the many factors — from rejection to self-doubt to writer’s block and complacency — that have derailed so many pop artists.”

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