Cale is mentioned in a lot of books. Two biographies have been published, both with Cale's consent.
Read and destroy everything you read in the press
Read and destroy everything you read in books
It's a waste of time
It's a waste of energy
It's a waste of paper
And it's a waste of ink
Whatever you read in the books, leave it there
John Cale - Sabotage
ISBN: 0 7206 11326
£ 14.95 / € 25,64
ISBN: 0 7206 1207 1
Written with the full cooperation of John Cale and incorporating exclusive interviews with important figures from all phases of the musician's 35-year career.
Also exists as a hardcover limited edition (500 copies). This includes a free CD contributed and signed by John Cale containing an exclusive, previously unheard and commercially unavailable song entitled Imitating Violins.
Also on the 1-track CD Rick Myers' artwork images from the 5 Tracks EP and one of John Cale's self-penned paranormal bedtime stories accompanied by illustrations courtesy of renowned artist Dave McKean.
A French translation by Serge Lefaure was published in 2005 by Camion Blanc:
France, March 2005
Paperback, 15 x 21 cm , 329 p.
The Autobiography of John Cale
John Cale & Victor Bockris
Designed and illustrated by Dave McKean
Bloomsbury Publishing, 1998/1999
ISBN 0 7475 3668 6
Must have for the serious Cale enthousiast. Lots of information about his childhood and early days in New York. Two different front covers. Also exists as a special autographed edition with loose pages in a box.
What's Welsh for Zen? Une autobiographie de John Cale
Broché: 272 pages
Editeur : Au Diable Vauvert (13 mai 2011)
Collection : ALBUM
Langue : Français
Auditorium Edizioni, Italia, 1997
Paperback, 96 p.
Biography by an Italian journalist and Cale fan.
Unofficial songbook with most of the transcribed lyrics, interviews and discography up to 1990.
Text in English and German.
500 numbered copies were made. A work of love and labour, tons of errors included.