Pop Activist Publishes Autobiography

Sri Lanka singer M.I.A's new book

Posted: 14.11.12
Pop Activist Publishes Autobiography

Controversial or creative, however you describe Sri Lankan singer M.I.A, there's no denying that she's one of the most influential cultural figures in the last decade, pushing the boundaries of music and politics.
Tomorrow sees the UK publication of her first book, an autobiography entitled m.i.a. Unlike the usual self-indulgent celebrity profiles written by a ghost writer, M.I.A's book is half text/half art and includes photos, images, sketches, doodles and graphics.
Look out for video stills turned into stencils, artwork on nails and handmade stage costumes.

Capturing her early years as an art student at Central St Martins and taking her through to the present day where she's tucked several albums, ground breaking music videos, unique live performances (singing with Jay-Z while pregnant being one of them) and motherhood under her belt, it's a book that inspires and redefines the notion of autobiography.
M.I.A, whose real name is Mathangi Maya Arulpragasm was born in London but lived in Sri Lanka until she was 10. Her father was a Tamil activist who was involved in the campaign to make Tamil a separate state.
The book includes lyrics and exclusive interviews (something she rarely gives) so if you want to find out more about this musical heroine, make sure you snap up a copy!

M.i.a by M.I.A is published on November 15th by Rizzoli.


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