Not Dead Yet

Not Dead Yet

A Memoir

Audiobook CD - 2016
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From the Genesis frontman and hugely successful solo artist, a reflective memoir taking stock of iconic songs and performances and a sometimes tumultuous, ever-thrilling lifeWith 280 million lifetime record sales between his time with Genesis and his earthshaking solo career, Phil Collins has lived a life that few people can imagine. In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Collins reveals the heart and soul of what drives him as a performer and a dynamically creative individual. He takes us from his ill-fated near-big break as a session percussionist on George Harrison's All Things Must Pass through the rise of Genesis and his emergence as the band's leader to the height of his fame as a solo artist. While Collins rubbed shoulders with some of the greatest pop stars of the era, his stories are given depth and color by his remarkable capacity for self-reflection. Whether he's walking us through the making of his greatest music or mining the dark days of his wholly enveloping alcohol and drug addictions, he's candid, expansive, and always entertaining.This book will capture the eye-popping exterior facets of Collins' career, but more vitally, will delve deeply into the workings of a complex, tireless man to explore the verve that propelled him from the early days into a canon of pop iconography few other musicians can claim to share. Told with ebullience and more than a dose of humor, Collins' refreshingly forthright voice will equally charm and enlighten pop culture audiences and die-hard music fans alike.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Random House Audio, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780735208964
Branch Call Number: CDBK B Collins P AUTO
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (12 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in
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Apr 28, 2017

I'm impressed. Not Dead Yet is decidedly better than I expected. Even if partially ghost-written—I honestly have no idea—Phil Collins weaves a concise autobiography complete with all the ups and downs of celebrity. There's hardly a dull moment from beginning to end. Expect him to air his dirty laundry when the topic gets personal, and it gets very personal the farther along you get, but hearing him tell all comes across as a bit disingenuous. Just slightly, as if he's holding something back. Then again, it could be who he is. I've known plenty of self-centered people. The feelings of others aren't their strong suit. He does try though, bless him. Makes me wish I could hear both sides of Phil's story. This is especially true when it pertains to any of his wives. They all sound like nice people until the relationship gets inevitably strained, which always happens. (Weird. Just as I write this, Phil actually utters the words "dirty laundry" so there you go—I'm listening to the audiobook and he's the reader.)

Honestly, it's not all about sex and women. No, that's barely half of it. For the most part Phil Collins was a workaholic. In his own words, he feels he hit 10,000 hours of drumming before he was a teenager. And the 80's, according to him, was a blur of producing and touring. The quality and sheer quantity of his output during his prime years is in a league of its own.

I honestly don't believe one can achieve the kind of international fame Phil Collins has achieved—i.e. a successful singer/musician of two bands, a semi-successful actor and a media personality—without a critical level of narcissism. The two go together, for better or worse. I didn't know the man from his music. I also wasn't a fan until the early 90's and by then the celebrity-obsessed public was long tired of seeing his mug everywhere. Nevertheless, we wouldn't be here discussing this or that about his life if it weren't for his songs. His music (and the music of Genesis) spans decades and is irrevocably fused with the pop culture of the 80's and 90's.


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