Belfast Telegraph

Johnny Depp takes to publishing

Actor Johnny Depp is going to help run a publishing imprint.

Already on the list of books is one by Bob Dylan, The Unravelled Tales Of Bob Dylan, which aims to set the record straight on the songwriter's enigmatic life and career and will be based in part on interviews with Bob by best-selling historian Douglas Brinkley.

Johnny's imprint will share its name with his production company, Infinitum Nihil, meaning "Nothing is forever". The imprint will be part of HarperCollins Publishers, which announced that Johnny will seek "authentic, outspoken and visionary ideas and voices".

"I pledge, on behalf of Infinitum Nihil, that we will do our best to deliver publications worthy of peoples' time, of peoples' concern, publications that might ordinarily never have breached the parapet," he said in a statement.

"For this dream realised, we would like to salute HarperCollins for their faith in us and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship together."

Douglas, who recently wrote a cover story on Bob for Rolling Stone, said he and Johnny thought the book was "the ideal way" to inaugurate the Infinitum Nihil series.

"Bob has been very warm and forthcoming with us," Douglas said in a statement. "His music has inspired us both deeply since we were teenagers."

The book is scheduled for 2015. He and Douglas also will collaborate on the editing and publication of a previously announced novel by one of Bob's heroes, folk musician Woody Guthrie, who died in 1967. The novel, House Of Earth, was completed by Guthrie in 1947 but was only recently discovered. It's scheduled for January.

Johnny, whose movies include Edward Scissorhands and the Pirates Of The Caribbean series, already has ties to the book world. He was a close friend of Hunter Thompson and starred in film adaptations of his Rum Diary and Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. He also narrated parts of the audio edition of Keith Richards' memoir Life.


From Belfast Telegraph