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Not Dead Yet: The Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Phil Collins

Narrated By: Phil Collins

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2016

Duration: 12 hours 14 minutes

Summary:

Phil Collins pulls no punches—about himself, his life, or the ecstasy and heartbreak that’s inspired his music.

In his much-awaited memoir, Not Dead Yet, he tells the story of his epic career, with an auspicious debut at age 11 in a crowd shot from the Beatles’ legendary film A Hard Day’s Night. A drummer since almost before he could walk, Collins received on the job training in the seedy, thrilling bars and clubs of 1960s swinging London before finally landing the drum seat in Genesis.

Soon, he would step into the spotlight on vocals after the departure of Peter Gabriel and begin to stockpile the songs that would rocket him to international fame with the release of Face Value and “In the Air Tonight.” Whether he’s recalling jamming with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant, pulling together a big band fronted by Tony Bennett, or writing the music for Disney’s smash-hit animated Tarzan, Collins’s storytelling chops never waver. And of course he answers the pressing question on everyone’s mind: just what does “Sussudio” mean?
 
Not Dead Yet is Phil Collins’s candid, witty, unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the hits and pans, his marriages and divorces, the ascents to the top of the charts and into the tabloid headlines. As one of only three musicians to sell 100 million records both in a group and as a solo artist, Collins breathes rare air, but has never lost his touch at crafting songs from the heart that touch listeners around the globe. That same touch is on magnificent display here, especially as he unfolds his harrowing descent into darkness after his “official” retirement in 2007, and the profound, enduring love that helped save him.

This is Phil Collins as you’ve always known him, but also as you’ve never heard him before.

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  • Dave M

    I've been a fan of Phil Collins and Genesis, so I was very intrigued when this book came out. The narrator is Phil himself telling his life story as a child, becoming a drummer, joining Genesis and finally his solo career. Phil uses his British humor to help tell his stories which gives the listener a real feel for his personality which is great and funny. There is a dark side to Phil's work ethic, meaning he's a workaholic and he also had a wee bit of a drinking problem, not to mention his infidelities. Overall I liked the book, it wasn't bad, yet wasn't great...it was just good.

  • Shayla J

    A very interesting read. I have always loved Phil Collins, but now I have a better appreciation and a new perspective on his career, his life and loves, and the true origins of his songs. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has a love of Phil Collins or Genesis. It was fascinating!

  • Lisa F

    I was born in 1980 so I missed much of Mr. Collins' heyday, but I enjoy his hits as most people do. After listening to him tell his story, I too wish I could have him over for dinner. I laughed out loud many times and very nearly wept when he speaks of his dear friends tragic loss. As a wife to a husband who travels heavily for work and as a mother to our five year old daughter, I identify with his wives and listened to his side of what my husband may be experiencing. It's a wonderful book about an extraordinary life, told by the reluctant nice guy who lived it.

  • Robert Earley

    Before reading this book I am not sure I would have wanted to meet Phil Collins, however, after reading it I would be delighted to have Phil over for dinner.

  • Mark Lefebvre

    Phil Collins narrates this frank and honest memoir about his life as a musician, father and husband. I found myself cringing along with Phil as he painted himself into corners by seemingly trying to please too many people at the same time and accept too many projects within limited time frames -- ingredients which left him wondering how yet another important relationship or marriage was ending or how taking on too much ended up affecting other musicians he was working with. He shares his story without trying to paint himself as a hero, being admittedly honest about the mistakes he made and the people he has inadvertently hurt along the way (including himself and his own health). I was fascinated to see behind the scenes on how Phil came to work on Genesis and Brand X and how his various collaborations came about. And, more than once through this book I was motivated to not only dig out those old albums and give them another listen, but also to investigate some of the later songs that I hadn't paid much attention to before. Sure, classic Phil Collins music was perfect for getting through those personally rough moments in life (I can only imagine how many millions of people have repeatedly played songs like "Against All Odds" or "One More Night" or "That's All" or "Invisible Touch" when going through a bad break-up or divorce, or grooving along to his version of the Mo-Town hit "You Can't Hurry Love" or "Don't Lose My Number" or "Take Me Home" or celebrating along to songs like "Sussudio" or "Two Hearts" or "A Groovy King of Love" (That's not to mention cranking "In the Air Tonight" just because it's a song that completely warrants it.) If anything, this honest, sometimes sad, sometimes funny and sometimes startling look at his life has given me a greater appreciation of the musician, the