Radiohead fans will no longer have any excuse when it comes to learning how to play their songs on the guitar or singing the lyrics. On Monday the band announced the upcoming release of their Complete Songbook, a 400-page collection of every song ever written and recorded by the famous alt-rock band throughout their 20-year career, Pitchfork reports.
The “artist-approved” songbook will include the lyrics and guitar chords to more than 160 of Radiohead's original songs, including rarities and B-sides that have also been released over the years. The book will also include 48 pages of artwork, courtesy of Stanley Donwood. Radiohead fans should recognize the work of Donwood, who has played a part in creating all the album and promotional poster artwork for the band since the mid-1990s. Donwood’s bear images from the Kid A era will also act as the exclusive cover artwork for the songbook, which can be seen in the images below.
This is not the first time that Radiohead has shared the official published notation for their recorded material. Guitar and piano-playing Radiohead fans will remember that they released an official songbook back in 2016 for their latest studio album, A Moon Shaped Pool. The upcoming book’s pre-order page only states that it will include “lyrics and guitar chords,” but Radiohead-loving pianists should also assume that the notation for their own instrument will be included as well.
Monday’s announcement didn’t reveal when the songbook would be available for purchase, but it’s expected to ship by Nov. 27.
Radiohead also made headlines recently when it was revealed that they’ve landed on the exclusive list of artists eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Buying the upcoming songbook won’t help the band’s chances of getting into the Rock Hall next year, but it will give you an excuse to finally master learning how to play “Fake Plastic Trees,” which is also nice.