Smashing Pumpkins frontman advises progress has been slow and “most of what I have experienced in my life isn’t real”
Fans of Billy Corgan will have been waiting for this moment since they heard the first notes of I Am One bursting out of their speakers, as The Smashing Pumpkins frontman announces that he’s working on his memoirs.
The legendary songwriter explains that he’s changed the names of people featured to disconnect the readers from the narrative, though he points out that: “the average person will [still] be able to go, ‘Oh that’s so-and-so.'”
Continuing: “It’s not meant to be a clever legal device, it’s actually meant to get you out of what you think you know and take you hopefully into the very interpersonal experience of what I experienced. Which, I would argue, is mythology. Most of what I have experienced in my life isn’t real.”
Corgan formed The Smashing Pumpkins in Chicago, Illinois, in 1988. The band have released nine studio albums to date and are one of the highest selling acts of all time, with their 1995 US Billboard 200 No 1 album Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness selling 20 million copies in the United States alone.