Phil Collins pulls no punches—about himself, his life, or the ecstasy and heartbreak that’s inspired his music.
In his much-awaited memoir, Not Dead Yet, he tells the story of his epic career, with an auspicious debut at age 11 in a crowd shot from the Beatles’ legendary film A Hard Day’s Night. 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.
Soon, he would step into the spotlight on vocals after the departure of Peter Gabriel and begin to stockpile the songs that would rocket him to international 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, or writing the music for Disney’s smash-hit animated Tarzan, Collins’s storytelling chops never waver. And of course he answers the pressing question on everyone’s mind: just what does “Sussudio” mean?
Not Dead Yet is Phil Collins’s 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 100 million records both in a group and as a solo artist, Collins breathes rare air, but has never lost his touch at crafting songs from the heart that touch listeners around the globe. That same touch is on magnificent display here, especially as he unfolds his harrowing descent into darkness after his “official” retirement in 2007, and the profound, enduring love that helped save him.
This is Phil Collins as you’ve always known him, but also as you’ve never heard him before.
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Phil Collins narrates the book and I loved it. He’s funny, honest, humble, and an amazing writer. I was sad when it ended. What a talent.
Roller coaster ride!
I’ve known Phil Collins’ music for as far back as my memory goes, but knew little about his life, how he rose to fame, and personal issues before, during, and afterwards. He throws it all out there in this book. From diapers, Genesis, fame, fortune, success, workaholic to alcoholic, darker periods of his life, first /second / third wives, to walking stick, it’s all there. I’m a huge Phil Collins fan and would recommend this book to anyone wanting to hear Phil’s story.
I LOVED THE BOOK. 5 STARS.
I loved the book from start to finish. I am a Phil Collins fan now and forever.