Not Dead Yet
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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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Real and worthy
Phil Collins needs no apologies: 40 years of hits from all genres and a diverse fan base.
I'm glad to see he's touring again, and I hope he makes it to the states. This book seems real and candid. Lots of Brit gibberish, but that's who he is.
My only complaint is he seems somewhat apologetic to the public, when he has no reason to be. Why? For making a lot of good songs and albums? He apologizes to his family, which is understandable, but he owes no apology to the public, though he gives it.
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I couldn't put the book down. He brought me into his soul, his life. It was a fantastic journey learning about a man who is just a man with raw emotions.
We are all human and are running towards something. Glad he found it in the end.
An honest and entertaining look at this wonderful musician.
When Mr Collins decided to write a book, he did it the right way. He talks about everything. The fame, the pain, and the future. I have always been a fan, especially of early Genesis. After reading this book, I can honestly say, I am even a bigger fan of Mr Collins. I highly recommend this book. A wonderful read.