Phil Collins Preps 'Not Dead Yet' Memoirs
Published Jun 15, 2016Now that he's come out of retirement, prog-to-soft rock vocalist Phil Collins is ready to share the details on his ongoing music career in an upcoming autobiography. His Not Dead Yet arrives on October 25 via Crown Archetype.
The 65-year-old drummer/singer explained in a statement that he had been thinking about penning his memoirs for quite some time and has decided now is the right time to reflect on his charmed life in public.
"In many respects I've had a dream life," he said. "I've been incredibly lucky, but I've also worked extremely hard. I've collaborated with some of my heroes, written songs that people have liked, and wildly surpassed my initial hope to make a living as a drummer."
Though the details on its contents have yet to be revealed in full, it's expected that the upcoming autobiography will touch on Collins joining prog group Genesis in 1970, and his rise to frontman status following the exit of Peter Gabriel a few years later. Collins would issue his first solo album, Face Value, in 1981.
Collins has also maintained an acting career, with his filmography amazingly including an appearance as a young fan in the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, as well as the lead role in 1988 rom-com Buster.
He's also faced critique for his soft rock catalogue, bitingly being name-dropped ironically as one of American Psycho scumbag Patrick Bateman's favourite artists. Collins is set to discuss a bit of this, as well as some personal foibles, it seems.
"Throughout, there have been lots of highs, and more than a few lows," Collins added. "I'm being completely honest about all of them, embarrassingly so in some cases. Some things might amuse people, some will surprise them. Horrify them, even."