Singer Morrissey's tell-all memoir has become the U.K.'s fastest-selling rock book in its first week of release, outstripping Keith Richards' life story.

The tome, titled Autobiography, has sold 34,918 copies since its release last Thursday (17Oct13), the biggest first-week sale of a musician's memoir since official records began in 1998.

The Rolling Stones legend Richards' hit book Life sold 28,213 in its opening week in 2010.

The record-breaking figure is a double triumph for the former The Smiths frontman, as his memoir has also topped the U.K. book sales chart, taking over the number one position from Mad About The Boy, the new Bridget Jones novel by Helen Fielding.