The life of legendary artist Prince has been told throughout his music, critics and fans, but for the first time, the artist will share his life’s work in an upcoming memoir.
The Wall Street Journal reports the surprising news came to fans on Friday (Mar. 18) during a pop-up show in New York City. With the help of collaborator Dan Piepenbring, The Beautiful Ones will present stories behind his most celebrated work, hoping to include everything from his first memory to his 2007 Super Bowl halftime show. The memoir will be released sometime in Fall 2017 through Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House.
“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,” Spiegel & Grau Executive Editor Chris Jackson tells The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
The singer and child musical prodigy came to fame in the late 1970’s with his debut album, For You in 1978 and shot to international acclaim with Purple Rain in 1984. The seven-time Grammy winner has sold over 100 million albums and has found numerous ways to reinvent himself. He also released his 37th project Art Official Age in 2014, one of four albums released in the past two years.
His fan site “Prince Vault” has assured his creativity isn’t letting up. Apparently the artist is sitting comfortably on 26 unreleased albums. He’s also found ways to stand up against musical piracy by taking all of his work off the interwebs and placing it cleverly on Tidal.
As we wait for one of the best memoirs ever, brush up on the artist’s story with this celebrated hardcover about the artist.