Spector, widely considered to be one of the greatest pop singers of all time, was updating her book Be My Baby, co-written with Vince Waldron and named after the 1963 hit single she recorded with the Ronettes.
Her memoir was originally released in 1990 by Crown Publishing. A critic for Kirkus called the book, which covers her music career in the 1960s and her marriage to the abusive producer Phil Spector, “a lively, illuminating read…for fans of the period or for anyone interested in the power politics of the music business.”
The new edition of the book, which will be published by Henry Holt and Company, features a new introduction by Spector and a foreword by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. Holt describes the memoir as “smart, humorous, and self-possessed.”
Holt editor-in-chief Sarah Crichton said Spector’s illness wasn’t a surprise to her.
“She knew that she was sick and I knew that she was sick, but she was being discreet about it,” Crichton said. “She was thinking that things would go well. She had a lot of dreams, and we had a lot of dreams.”
Be My Baby will be published on May 3.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.