Not Dead Yet: The Memoir

Not Dead Yet The Memoir 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

  • Title: Not Dead Yet: The Memoir
  • Author: Phil Collins
  • ISBN: 9780735208964
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 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 trainPhil 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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    1. Not Dead Yet by Phil Collins is a 2016 Crown Archetype publication. My luck with rock memoirs this year has been lukewarm at best. I’ve been disappointed, or unimpressed or bored to tears for the most part, with only one or two exceptions. So, being a huge fan of Genesis and Phil Collins, I was a little wary about reading this one, but noticed the book has had a very favorable response from readers, so I decided to give it a try. Well, this one wins best rock/music memoir of 2016 award from me [...]

    2. Be it known by one and all that I'm a HUGE fan!!! :-)"Music made me, but it also unmade me."Santa Claus gives a three-year-old Phillip David Charles Collins (better known as the amazingly talented Phil Collins) a toy drum set. The rest is history!This book offers a nice glimpse of Phil Collins' life from childhood through the present day. The legendary musician reveals plenty of details from both his personal and professional life. It is very well-written and makes you feel as though you've take [...]

    3. This is a great read by a musician and actor who´s seen it all over the course of his career. The story is nicely told - streaked, like the man himself, with self-doubt and insecurity. It goes to prove that we´re all prisoners of our personalities, which is both sad and comforting.Phil Collins has, obviously, long become a whipping boy for coolio music journalists and their followers - but, like it or not, he´s played with John Martyn, Eric Clapton, Earth, Wind and Fire, Led Zeppelin, Holland [...]

    4. Full review at:Phil Collins came out with his memoir, Not Dead Yet, this fall, joining a crop of rock bios that have been getting a lot of attention recently. I was a big Genesis/Phil Collins fan back in the 80s, so I was excited to get my hands on Not Dead Yet.It opens with his early days in suburban London and tracks his family life and his childhood/early adulthood obsession with music. From there, the juggernaut of Collins’ career kicks in: joining Genesis, touring larger and larger venues [...]

    5. Phil Collins tells his life story as he would put it, “warts and all”. It is a fascintating, touching, funny and sad read showing how his dedication to his career resulted in domestic disharmony and ultimately psychological issues, alcoholism and failing health. A man who could do no wrong in the 1980s became pilloried in the 1990s, following what he terms as “Faxgate” – for which he puts the record straight here, and ultimately retreated into a form of semi-seclusion following his so- [...]

    6. When it came to music, I think I was quite a late bloomer. I was 14 when I first heard a piece of music that prickled my interest. I also know the exact place. It was late summer 1987, we were returning from a family holiday in Majorca (my parents, my elder sister and younger brother). I can't remember too much of the actual holiday, but what I can remember is disembarking the Monarch airways plane at Gatwick airport. As we exited the plane an epic piece of music was playing over the planes spea [...]

    7. I was a big fan of Phil Collins' in the 80's and 90's, even seeing him perform in Toronto three times (an awesome performer, in case you're wondering). I still enjoy his older music but I admit that I had lost track of what he'd been up to over the past decade or so.With Not Dead Yet Collins' has written a no holds barred look at his life. He starts with his beginnings in England with his family and goes into great detail about his early connections with some famous stars (which totally shocked [...]

    8. I'm a Genesis fanatic; I absolutely love them in all their iterations. I also liked Phil's solo work and thought the movie Buster was great. So I had very high expectations for this book and thankfully I wasn't let down. I highly recommend this book.As expected, he addresses all the famous and infamous moments of his career. As he was omnipresent (as he admits) during the 80's and 90's I thought I knew all the stories but here we get Collins' perspective. And fair play to him, he's brutally hone [...]

    9. By now, I've lost track of any simple explanation for how PC got to be my all-time No. 1 — how Genesis (both eras) and Collins as a solo act have dominated my listening for more than 30 years. And it isn't as though the rest of my Nick Hornby daybook of lists is, like, Chris DeBurgh and Night Ranger; there's a rich lode of unimpeachable, loved-by-all-thinking-persons stuff in my 4,000 albums, some expected and much obscure.The "picnic, lightning" version: school bus trip, my Walkman, friend pu [...]

    10. I was never a huge fan of Collins, although I enjoyed his work with Genesis, his solo work never really did much for me. Along with that, he was so ubiquitous in the 80s that it did sort of turn me off himThis book changed my mind entirely. Starting with his first drum kit, made for him at 3 year old, through up to his final retirement, this is a searingly honest look at his life. He admits his faults, is honest about his issues, yet at the same time his love for music comes shining through. For [...]

    11. Thoroughly enjoyed the story of Phil Collins' life thus far. While extremely talented in the musical arts he was less so in the area of romantic relationships, something he admits with regret and honesty. That's something a lot of us can probably identify with. He takes you through all the highs and the lows of his life and the near-death experience that would seem to have given him a new lease on life at the age of 65.Something I did that made this a unique reading was that I did not confine my [...]

    12. Very well balanced look at Phil Collins professional and personal life. My favorite stories were: how Phil became the singer of Genesis, Phil making the albums he wanted to make with seemingly little label pressure and having tons of hits in the 1980's, Phil's loyalty to Genesis and workaholic personality, his Live Aid story, Phil Collins shocking bout with alcoholism and the severity and recency of it (hard to believe and relieving that this occurred at the height of social media and he was abl [...]

    13. It's good to see Phil's not dead yet. You may be surprised, however, by how many times he came close to it. As a singer generally relegated to yer mom's CD collection, the man who appears as a smirking, affable chap in his music videos has suffered some major ups and downs in his personal life. Not so much in his professional life, though, as his career grew far beyond the band where his career truly took off, Genesis. Mr. Collins gives us a rough-and-tumble tour of his insanely successful music [...]

    14. This was a fantastic look into the life and times of the man behind so many chart topping hits. During my high school days, Phil Collins' music played a big role. During my early twenties, Phil was on my stereo. I saw him in concert in 1986 in Toronto. Then saw Peter Gabriel at the Amnesty International concert in Toronto in 1987 with Bruce Springsteen. To be able to learn the history of the band Genesis and how Phil Collins embarked on his solo career was a pleasure. Recommended.

    15. My love for Phil Collins and his music comes from my mother who raised me with some great classic rock influences. We had a good stereo installation at home and she always used to play music. It was never quiet in our house, and that's probably why I love music so much in general. One of her favourites was Phil Collins. A love we shared for quite some time. When I found out Phil had written a memoir, I was anxious to get my hands on it. I mean, I knew quite a bit about him, but to actually read [...]

    16. I really liked this listen on audiobook from my library through OneDrive. I wasn't a particular fan of Phil or Genesis but this real tale moved me along because it had great pace, overlapped with an era of music that I wasn't very familiar and how it chronologically happened. It wasn't a book about Rock and Roll excess so much as a story about how a driven, likable and talented man rode a wave and made history. But also his honesty about how his marriages fall apart. How he thought about his rel [...]

    17. I really enjoyed reading this book and getting to know Phil Collins. He writes very straight forward and honest. Most interesting to me was learning about his career. He is always very generous in his praise for his colleagues and credits them with a share in his success. Leading a life of stardom usually means an unhappy home life, not the exception here. He has many regrets and you feel much compassion for him. He loves his children and wants to make up for any failures he feels he's committed [...]

    18. My music hero. Been listening to him since high school. A privilege to learn about the real Phil warts and all. All time legend.

    19. Enjoyable read, albeit a little too long. Not only is Phil Collins extremely talented, he is also incredibly hardworking and dedicated to his craft. It was interesting learning about his life and career.

    20. Ha ha look at that smug cover. Tosser. Picked this up at the library, I mean this man who famously said he was leaving the country if Labour won in 1992, does not need any more money certainly not from me buying this. I will quite happily speed read an autobiography of someone I don't like, it can be fun. Some interesting back stage stories about Live Aid and other such things. Won't claim to have read the long chapters about doing Disney soundtrackszzzz.

    21. My review should be read with the understanding that I'm not Phil Collins fan. I don't dislike him, but I'm definitely not an enthusiast. While I found some of the stories Collins told interesting; I found that this memoir was quite a superficial narrative. It reads as a chronicle of events; lacking the reflection and deeper analysis which might have made it more engaging. I often found myself skimming. Interesting but not well executed.

    22. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially since it was an audio book read by Phil himself. I've always been a fan of both Genesis and his solo work and to learn about his life and the paths he took during his long and successful career was very entertaining. Like all famous artists, it seems, there are good times and bad, love and loss, and bouts with substance abuse. Phil addresses all of these memories with candor and a distance that time has lent in order for him to be objective about his ac [...]

    23. Probably one of the most genuine biography I've read. I've always adored Phil Collins, but reading his autobiography has opened my eyes to see who he really is. Not Dead Yet is a funny recollection of important events in his life, from when he was a child to the present. I really enjoyed knowing what he thought of his own music and various ventures he had, although I am mildly annoyed at how dysfunctional his personal life is. Nevertheless, reading this book made me appreciate his work even more [...]

    24. I guess it's candid. And very nostalgic. And even loving. But as a memoir it's nothing special. Like I genuinely found the indexing as amusing as some of the stories. Lorde gets mentioned as one of his modern day fans though so NZ'S PROUDEST DAY.

    25. One of the best audio books I have ever read. I love Phil Collins, his solo music and his music with Genesis. I have seen him live and hearing him tell his story in his own voice is at times hysterical and almost bordering on disbelief.- He grew up in a household that he thought was happy but his father was living a double life also having an affair with an office coworker for decades until the family fell apart. - He started playing drums when he was five but played first publicly at age 11 whe [...]

    26. I confess: Phil Collins is a guilty pleasure of mine. It didn't used to always be that way. When I was a little kid in the 80s, he was everywhere, along with Michael Jackson and Madonna. I didn't necessarily like or dislike him then; I was too little.Then, in the early 90s, at the height of the grunge music movement, I was wholly converted to the cause of grunge. I was in seventh grade when Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains dominated the radio waves and the halls of my middle school. Grung [...]

    27. (3). I always liked Phil Collins, he was a major talent and seemed like a low key guy. I have to tell you, even as a major music geek, I had no idea of the depth and width of his music background and accomplishments. Mind you, this book is certainly not Born to Run or Testimony, but it sure has some interesting information. Collins is another one of the guys who became a full time professional musician around the age of 15, and scuffled about for many years. His relationship with Genesis is well [...]

    28. (Audiobook) A well read and entertaining look into Phil Collins life, this memoir goes over a lot of information for those who don't know about his work with the Beatles, Genesis, and then in his own solo career. I especially loved his passive aggressive rib on George Harrison.I believe this book would appreciated mostly by budding or jobbing musicians who would like to have a refreshing look on the struggle of band politics, discouraging jobs, and eventually a fortunate break through due to har [...]

    29. I learned a ridiculous amount about one of my favorite singers of all-time, and I am stunned by what I didn't know about him, Genesis, and his addictions/demons/Alamo obsessions. The writing is meh, and the structure frequently digresses, so there is not as much forward momentum to the timeline as possible. And some of it is just boring. However, hearing his opinion about Patrick Bateman liking his music in American Psycho, the creation of "In The Air Tonight," and his physical ailments that hav [...]

    30. I was raised on a steady diet of 1980's pop music, which included more than a few Phil Collins power ballads. The first album I ever bought with my own money was No Jacket Required, and in the past couple of years, I've revisited his first three solo albums to see how well they stand the test of time. I scrambled for this memoir when it was published recently.The writing is OK. The memories are powerful. The behind-the-scenes stories are alternately curious, sordid, and fascinating. I had no ide [...]

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