We've just published LEGALLY BIEBER - Justin Bieber at 18 by Marc Shapiro, which is a month-by-month look at Bieber's decent into adulthood. I think it's a classic, and I've been around pop culture for a few decades.
As Marc Shapiro told me when he pitched this book, pop idols have a three year life expectancy and we are already on year five of The Bieb. What kind of man will he become? This book examines his first year making his own decisions, and it's been a bumpy ride.
RIVERDALE, NY -- (May 08, 2013) –Riverdale Avenue Books the nation’s fastest growing pop culture publisher, releases Legally Bieber…Justin Bieber at 18 on Wednesday, May 8th. Authored by The New York Times best-selling writer Marc Shapiro, both the print version and e-book will be available at www.riverdaleavebooks.com, Amazon.com and other online retail book sites.
Justin Drew Bieber has come a long way since his birth on March 1, 1994 in London, Ontario to an unmarried 17-year-old Pattie Mallette. The milestone of this musical phenomenon’s 18th year and becoming an adult is captured in Shapiro’s new book.
“I wrote Legally Bieber…Justin Bieber At 18 because I was looking for answers,” said Shaprio. “How does a teenage pop sensation worth untold millions and is the fantasy in human form of millions of pre-teen girls fare in the adult world?
“Does he join the long line of teen idols who have burned out by the time they turn 18? Does he survive into adulthood with his integrity and talent intact? Or does he fall victim to untold excesses and flawed advice from people in his corner who refuse to say no?
“The best way to find answers seemed to be to follow Justin, month by month through his first year as a legal adult, to be at his back as he either rises to the top or stumbles and falls. Justin Bieber is 18 and the safety net of childhood is officially gone. The future is up to him. We all wanted answers. Here are the answers.”
Because so much is at stake, the world is watching to see what path Justin (named the third-most powerful celebrity in the world by Forbes magazine) chooses to follow and whether or not his managers can still manage him.
Publisher Lori Perkins said, “We were captivated by this look at every moment of Justin growing up before our eyes. This book that chronicles this pop sensation’s coming of age and is a classic of its kind.”