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A-list rock star Prince (57) has announced that he is penning his memoir, which is currently titled The Beautiful Ones.
In true rock style, he revealed the news at a celebrity packed gig in Manhattan over the weekend.
He said to the crowd, “you all still read books, right?”, to which they responded with a welcoming load roar; then he went on to explain it is his first book and he will be assisted by his “brother” Dan (referring to Dan Piepenbring who is the web editor of The Paris Review) who he described as a “good critic.”
He added that the book, which will be released by Spiegel & Grau publishers, will start from his very first memory.
Celebrities enjoying the gig included Harry Belafonte and Trevor Noah. At one point, Prince announced that he was going to go home and get changed and then return, and he did exactly that, coming back to the nightclub and singing hits including “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Work” for another 45 minutes.
One day we are going 2 party in glory. One day we are going 2 all be free. #Prince
— PrinceSays (@PrinceBot) March 21, 2016
Prince is one of the best selling artists of all time, with a music career spanning four decades. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide and has won seven Grammy Awards. As well as a singer, he is a multi-instrumentalist.
He converted to Jehovah’s Witness back in 2001 and has cut out his controversial songs and profanity from his gigs. He is tee-total and is now monogamous.
He is aiming that his memoir will cover right up to the 2007 half-time performance he gave at the Super Bowl, where he performed three tracks from his Purple Rain album and cover versions of songs including “The Best of You” by the Foo Fighters. This was televised to 140 million viewers, Prince’s largest audience.
The book is due to be released Fall 2017.