Britney's 'Stages' Book/DVD Due Next Week

The Britney Spears book/DVD project "Stages," will be issued Nov. 26 in North America via NVU Editions.

The Britney Spears book/DVD project "Stages," will be issued Nov. 26 in North America via NVU Editions. Author Sheryl Berk compiled and edited the stories contributed by Spears, her family, and her friends, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the artist's life both on and off stage. "I wanted to give people a chance to see who I am and meet the most important people in my life," Spears said in a statement.

The oversized paperback features candid black and white and color photography by Jim Luning, Howard Rosenberg, Jeff Sciortino, and Marc Serota. The book will also include a color Spears poster.

The DVD is comprised of a documentary by filmmaker Albert Maysles ("Gimme Shelter") that was shot July 28 in Mexico City at the final show of Spears' 2002 tour. As previously reported, that concert was cut short by violent weather conditions that sent Spears abruptly scrambling from the stage. The film is said to capture "both the excitement and frustrations of a major music tour."

"Britney wanted to do something she's never really done before," NVU Editions president Jim Forni said in the statement. "The book is a unique personal statement, both visually and textually. It really captures some of the dimension of this truly unique entertainer and warm human being."

Along with traditional and online retailers, "Stages" will be available via a special Web site. Fans who order the edition through that site will receive a limited edition poster made up of many of the birthday cards created by fans for Spears' upcoming 21st birthday (Dec. 2), as well as a limited edition book commemorating her last tour.

The Web site gives a preview of the book, as well as an audio message from Spears to her fans. The site also offers a puzzle that, when completed, will give users $5 off the purchase of "Stages."


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