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Juanes' autobiography to be released in English and Spanish April 2

March 22, 2013|By Reed Johnson
  • Colombian artist Juanes performs at the Cumbre Tajin cultural festival in the archaeological zone of Papantla, Veracruz, Mexico.
Colombian artist Juanes performs at the Cumbre Tajin cultural festival… (Saul Ramirez / EPA )

Rock 'n' roll autobiographies and memoirs have become a growth industry lately, with the likes of Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Rod Stewart et al. spilling their tales of vinyl glory in print.

But none of these former enfants terrible turned belle lettrists managed to accomplish what Juanes will do when the Colombian pop-rock superstar issues his own first-person life's account, simultaneously in Spanish and English, on April 2.

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Juanes' tome, titled "Persiguiendo el sol" or "Chasing the Sun," promises to chronicle "the challenges of his youth" and his entry into the music world. According to the publisher, the book also will delve into more recent episodes in the life of the 40-year-old singer-composer-guitarist, who has sold more than 15 million albums, won multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, and devoted a considerable share of his time and money to assisting impoverished Colombian youth and other causes.

Besides rapping about his early musical career, Juanes apparently also writes about the violence and corruption that scarred his native city of MedellĂ­n; how his struggles with his faith led him to redefine his relationship with God; and how he reinvented himself artistically and reaffirmed his commitment to his family.

He's scheduled to make an April 8 promotional appearance in L.A. at Barnes & Noble at the Grove.

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