Prince’s Memoir That He Was Working On Before Death Gets Release Date
While millions celebrated the Easter holiday of the weekend, Prince fans also set aside a moment to commemorate his death anniversary, April 21, with the late music icon. It’s been three years since the news that Prince Rogers Nelson passed away from Fentanyl’s accidental overdose shake the world of music, but the singer has a new release that will give fans an inside look at what his life was like before the spotlight and after the fame.
Prince was working on a memoir called The Beautiful Ones on his Purple Rain album at the time of his death, named after a song. Prince’s publisher plans to include the unfinished manuscript of the artist, rare pictures of the musician, lyrics, and scrapbooks, according to Billboard. The introduction will be written by New York writer Dan Piepenbring, as Prince himself chose him for the job before he passes. The release of the memoir is scheduled for October 29 and will be 288 pages.
While Prince’s life and rise to stardom is a reported story dozens of times, this man-made autobiographical account is unlike any other. The Beautiful Ones is described by publisher Random House as being the deeply personal account of how Prince Rogers Nelson became the Prince we know: the real-time story of a child absorbing the world around him and creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life before the hits and the fame that would come to define him.
The editor of the book, Chris Jackson, called The Beautiful Ones “a beautiful tribute to his life.” He continued, “It’s also a lot more than that: it’s a truly moving and energetic literary work, full of the ideas and vision of Prince, his voice and image,” said Jackson, whose other authors included comedian Trevor Noah and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates. “This is a treasure not only for fans of Prince but also for anyone who wants to see one of our greatest creative artists and original minds working on his greatest creation: himself.”