Published Apr 22, 2019Just over a month before Prince's passing, it was revealed that the musician had been at work on a memoir. Now, a title and concrete release date for the collection have been revealed.
The book is titled The Beautiful Ones and will arrive October 29 through Random House, according to the Associated Press.
The 288-page book will feature an introduction from New Yorker writer Dan Piepenbring and will also include a selection of Prince's own writing, personal photos and original handwritten lyric sheets. Last year, it was revealed that Prince had submitted 50 handwritten manuscript pages for the effort before his passing.
Piepenbring's introduction will reportedly chronicle Prince's final days, "a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he'd so carefully cultivated."
Random House describes the memoir as follows:
The Beautiful Ones is the deeply personal account of how Prince Rogers Nelson became the Prince we know: the real-time story of a kid absorbing the world around him and creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and the fame that would come to define him.
The memoir's editor, Chris Jackson, called The Beautiful Ones "a beautiful tribute" to Prince's life, adding, "It's a treasure not just for Prince fans but for anyone who wants to see one of our greatest creative artists and original minds at work on his greatest creation: himself."
Prince died April 21, 2016, from an accidental overdose of fentanyl. He was 57.