Not Dead Yet

The Memoir

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Publisher Description

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
October 25
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

GetLifted ,

Great Book

Very good book from one of the strangest figures in rock... totally normal Brit, a rather ordinary life outside of stardom. He was loathed and loved (but mostly loved) by fans, had huge crossover appeal with black audiences, but seemed criticized by rock music critics. For no reason other than his success and venturing into pop and soul music, which he was great at.
His turn to alcoholism in late-middle age shows the perils of addiction.
The book seemed sincere and very much like what you’d hear when Phil gives an interview: many times, memoirs don’t seem authentic. That is not the case hear... I don’t think Phil embellishes ormholds back details.
A great read if you are a fan of his work and career.

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Great insight to the life of a legend. Unbelievable talent yet confidence and belief in ability at times.

iosnopes ,

At least it reads fast

This is his whole life, and he decided to treated everything the same. There’s not a real focus. I suppose I was mostly interested in the early Genesis years. But if you’re interested in the and-then-there were-three years you get the same amount of that. And the solo years.

He ended up with so many kids and wives and girlfriends I couldn’t keep track of them all. Maybe keep a scorecard?

The biggest disappointment was an almost total lack of insight toward himself and others. It’s mostly a series of events. But it clips along.

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