“You all still read books right?” asked Prince on Friday night in NYC – our response is hell yeah!
As Prince announced that he’s already submitted 50 pages to his memoir, we’ve just hit overdrive with intrigue and anticipation, and there’s just no way this isn’t one book that we’ll be getting our noses deep into. Announced at an exclusive media event in New York City at Avenue, Prince, at 57, announced to the 200 guests in attendance, that his book is due in the Autumn of 2017. Expected to span across 40 years of his career, and starting from his first memory up until his Super Bowl halftime show in 2007, Prince Rogers Nelson will be enlisting the help of Dan Piepenbring, to write his first ever book and memoir.
Titled ‘The Beautiful Ones’ the book will be published via Spiegel & Grau, who are also the publishers of National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates, the 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.”
The prolific and legendary icon has sold over 100 million albums, marking a career highlight in 1984 as the first singer to simultaneously have a No. 1 album, single, and film in the US with ‘Purple Rain’, going on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score. An innovator not only of his sound, Prince has creatively broken ground again and again reinventing his image, his music, his visual legacy in film and video and even originating the abbreviation of his song titles from 1981 – 2 this day.
Since signing his first deal at age 17 with Warner Music, the Minneapolis artist’s story is built on a legacy unmatched by any other, from his public fight over control his work and his long standoff with his label through the 90’s, Prince compared a record contract to professional slavery. Over the years Prince has not only secured multiple record deals but also been one of the earliest artists to embrace the internet by hosting and releasing his music exclusively on his own site. In 2015, Prince made the decision to release his 2 latest albums exclusively on Tidal ‘HITNRUN Phase One’ and ‘HITNRUN Phase Two’ as well as making his entire catalogue available for the first time on one streaming service.
Hosting the event on Friday night, Prince also accompanied the announcement with a 45 minute performance including the track ‘All the Critics Love U in New York.’ Spiegel & Grau was founded by Celina (Cindy) Spiegel and Julie Grau in 2006 to provide a ‘forum for writers who break new ground, inspire us, pose new questions, help us make sense of the world around us, provoke and challenge us to remain alert and alive to change, even as they entertain us’.
True to the publishers ambitions, without a doubt, Prince is truly one of the greatest of all time, breaking new ground and challenging every perception of what it takes to be a true artist through the decades – all while entertaining us over 40 years.