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The official cover for Rise of the Ogre.

Rise of the Ogre is the autobiography of Gorillaz, written by Cass Browne and illustrated by Jamie Hewlett and Zombie Flesh Eaters. It was first published on October 26, 2006 in the United Kingdom and later on November 2, 2006 in the United States.


"I tell you what, right, I can guarantee you're going to get some real juicy bits of Gorillaz info. I'll probably slag off loads of people, too. It'll be packed full of great shots from the sets of our videos, gigs, rehearsals, interviews...you name it. It's all in there. So place your order up front kids, this book going to be a scorcher!"

―Gorillaz bass-slayer Murdoc Niccals.

This stunning, full-colour hardback will be the most unique rock autobiography ever published. Gorillaz have always been as much about the visuals as they are about the music, and the autobiography will be a feast for the eyes. Featuring brand new art from and designed by Jamie Hewlett, this is the full story of Murdoc, 2-D, Noodle and Russel Hobbs for the first time. Included will be their emailing with their motley crew of collaborators, from Ike Turner to Shaun Ryder, and accounts of the gigs, the movie (for the first time), the videos and the website - including the low down on Kong Studios, their legendary HQ. It is an essential purchase for a legion of fans.


An audiobook of Rise of the Ogre was released in four parts; making it the first audiobook in the world to be released in a singles format. [citation needed]

The four singles were narrated by Joss Ackland. Initially iTunes exclusive, one part was released every week for four weeks beginning December 5th 2006.

However, the audiobook remains incomplete, as only the first few chapters of the book were ever narrated. [1]

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4



The back of the soft cover edition

  • The back cover of the book features Jamie's interpretation of what all of the band would look like combined.
  • The audiobook features the only existing recording of Paula Cracker's voice.
  • At the front of the book, there is a ‘Demon Disclaimer’ stating the information is not all true, ‘especially the stuff Murdoc says’.
  • The original idea for the book was to be a compilation of all press interviews with Gorillaz from phases one and two.
  • An early first day edition of the book sold only at a pop up shop at a South Bank Centre on October 27th 2006 included a fictitious library checkout card with signatures of famous fictional characters and real life figures such as Barney Rubble, Frank Sidebottom, Serge Gainsbourg, Margot Kidder, and various others.
  • Gisanh, creator of Sea-Sides ver. 3, has spent 4 years directing a continuation of Rise of the Ogre entitled Dawn of the Ogre. Including excerpts from official interviews, lost character quotes, behind the scenes information from collaborators and 'lore plasters' to fix contradictory statements made by the cartoon characters.



  1. JACKAGORY!. fans.gorillaz.com. 2 December 2007. Retrieved 26 December 2019