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Prince to publish memoir

By | Published on Tuesday 22 March 2016


Prince is writing his autobiography, which should be an interesting read. It will, according to its publisher, Random House’s Speigel & Grau, be “an unconventional and poetic journey through his life and creative work”. He’s not finished writing it yet though, so that might not be true.

The musician first announced that he was working on the book with The Paris Review’s Dan Piepenbring at a small show in New York last week. “The good people of Random House have made me an offer that I can’t refuse”, he told the audience, according to the New York Times. “You all still read books, right?”

Of working with Peipenberg, he added: “He’s a good critic. That’s what I need. He’s not a yes man at all. We’re starting right at the beginning – my first memory – and hopefully we can move all the way to the Super Bowl’.

That would take us all the way to 2007, assuming he means his Super Bowl half time performance, and not just watching this year’s sporting event on TV.

In a statement, Spiegel & Grau Executive Editor Chris Jackson said: “Prince is a towering figure in global culture and his music has been the soundtrack for untold numbers of people – including me – for more than a generation; his creative genius has provided the musical landscape of our lives. Millions of words have been written about Prince – books and articles, essays and criticism – but we’re THRILLED to be publishing Prince’s powerful reflections on his own life in his own incandescently vivid, witty, and poetic voice”.

Tentatively titled ‘The Beautiful Ones’, the book is due to be published next year.