Untitled Memoir by Phil Collins

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While not a terribly inventive lyricist, Collins turns out to be a gifted storyteller and a likable narrator...
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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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Published October 25, 2016 by Crown Archetype. 402 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Peak Rank on Nov 13 2016
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NY Times

Reviewed by Matt Bai on Nov 17 2016

While not a terribly inventive lyricist, Collins turns out to be a gifted storyteller and a likable narrator...

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Reviewed by ANDREW W. GRIFFIN on Nov 14 2016

Again, Collins is getting personal and the music almost seems secondary. But that's all right. The music speaks for itself. I'm just glad Phil Collins is experiencing a bit of a renaissance right now. Younger people are discovering his great, extensive solo and Genesis material, and rightly so.

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Toronto Star

Reviewed by Nathan Whitlock on Nov 20 2016

Overall, Collins’s memoir is breezy and self-deprecating. When he lists his failures as a husband and father — especially in the final chapters, about a recent and near-fatal slide into alcoholism — he gets uncharacteristically serious.

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