Not Dead Yet is Phil Collins’ candid, witty, unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the hits and pans, his marriages and divorces, the ascents to the top of the charts and into the tabloid headlines.
As one of only three musicians to sell over 100 million records both in a group and as a solo artist, Collins breathes rare air, but he has never lost his talent for crafting songs that touch listeners around the globe.
This is the story of his epic career, from child actor to one of the most successful songwriters of the pop music era. A drummer since almost before he could walk, Collins received on-the-job training in the seedy, thrilling bars and clubs of 1960s swinging London before finally landing the drum seat in Genesis. Later he would step into the spotlight on vocals after the departure of Peter Gabriel, and compose the songs that would rocket him to international solo fame with the release of Face Value and ‘In the Air Tonight’.
Whether he’s recalling jamming with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant, pulling together a big band fronted by Tony Bennett, playing twice at Live Aid, or writing the Oscar-winning music for Disney’s smash-hit animated film Tarzan, Collins keeps it intimate and his storytelling gift never wavers.
Great, but expecting bit more
Lovely book on Phils life but was expecting to read more about genesis in the heady days of the 70s, 80s, conversations had about material on albums stuff like that, still very interesting read and glad to know that Phil has recovered from his little misdemeanour with the booze. Enjoy retirement Phil and thanks for all the great music
Honest, funny and well-written
One of the best music autobiographies i’ve ever read. Collins discusses his life in a witty and open manner, revisiting many highs but also admitting to his part in some lows.
Yet while it’s a tell-all memoir, it never came across as a get-even book. He is just as critical of himself personally, and isn’t afraid to pan some of his own work.
A great read, and the sign of a good autobiography; you don’t need to be a fan.
As good as it gets
A true warts-and-all autobiography. Phil Collins pulls no punch’s, and is searingly honest.
It is informative, funny, moving and filled with great musical and historical information. What shines out for me, is that through it all, his desire to be a father to his children
It is a brilliant read.