About a month before dying from an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl at the age of 57, renowned pop singer Prince announced in a New York City club that he was working on a memoir. Three years on, Penguin Random House will be releasing the unfinished memoir, with previously unseen photos and other material to round off the book.
“We’re honored to be publishing Prince’s unfinished memoir, THE BEAUTIFUL ONES, on October 29, 2019,” said Random House on Twitter. The portion of the memoir the artist was working on when he died was devoted to his childhood. The book will also contain photos, scrapbooks, and lyric sheets and his original handwritten treatment for the 1984 film Purple Rain.
“This work is not just a tribute to Prince, but an original and energizing literary work, full of Prince’s ideas and vision, his voice and image, his undying gift to the world,” the publishing house also said. Dan Piepenbring, who collaborated with Prince on the memoir, will be writing the book’s introduction.
— Random House (@randomhouse) April 22, 2019
Prince was known for his androgynous style and sexually-charged songs. His albums have been sold in the millions, and his songs frequenting the Top 10 charts including “When Doves Cry,” “Kiss,” “Little Red Corvette” and “Purple Rain” (the titular song of the movie) – that, and his frequent use of the color in outfits led to his nickname, “The Purple One”.
At his passing, Prince left behind numerous recordings and videos in his home studio’s vaults located in suburban Minneapolis. Last year “Piano & A Microphone” was released featuring nine unreleased tracks, using material from a 1983 home studio cassette of him playing jazz piano versions others’ songs and his own.
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