Not Dead Yet

Not Dead Yet

The Memoir

Book - 2016
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The Genesis front man and successful solo artist presents a reflective memoir that shares insights into the remarkable experiences behind many of his iconic songs and performances, discussing his early years, relationships with fellow artists, and struggles with addiction.
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, [2016]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781101907474
Branch Call Number: B COLLINS
Characteristics: 371 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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"Not Dead Yet" tells the story of Phil Collins by Phil Collins.

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Jun 18, 2020

The congenial Phil Collins was everywhere on 1980s radio, with his catchy lyrics, infectious melodies, and energetic videos dominating the newly emerging MTV. Here he shares his engaging account of his life story, from humble beginnings to rock star, with the expected bumps in the road with bandmates, drugs, and women. I found his stories entertaining and amusing, told with self-deprecating humor and honest self-examination. It was fun to hear his take on events such as Live Aid and his appearance as a boy on the London stage and in "A Hard Day's Night."

Jun 02, 2017

A lot of interesting insights into the life of Phil Collins. It's hard not to like hearing how he modestly describes practically stumbling into success as a solo artist which then bettered the fortunes of his band Genesis. And he had such a long and varied career, it's good that he seems to have covered it all. It's just a shame, as another reviewer stated, that some albums are glossed over.. perhaps he needs to write a Vol. 2 to cover the details? Also I was intrigued to find out he was an amateur historian of Alamo artifacts, amassing the largest private collection in the world. I wish he'd provided more details about that hobby of his, too!

Apr 08, 2017

I've had a life-long crush on Phil Collins, but after reading this my infatuation went out the window. He come across as very self-absorbed, plus striving for fame is no excuse for not being there for your kids when they're growing up, in my opinion. Frankly, I wish I'd never read this, so I could have kept my fantasies in place.

Mar 21, 2017

I love Phil Collins music from Genesis to Brand X to his solo work, and if you're a Phil fan, you'll enjoy this journey through his career. But... this memoir suffers from the same pitfalls as other rock memoirs do.

You get a lot of early years stuff about Grandmothers and parents and siblings, and then a lot of back end stuff about his third marriage, health problems, drinking problem, and kids. But in the middle -- the only part I really care about, the part about the music -- so many of the most landmark albums of the 70's and 80's get barely more than a paragraph. There's more space devoted to his daughter's acting career than there is to the writing and recording of Invisible Touch.

That being said, there is a lot of good stuff in here, especially about the break-up of his first marriage (in my opinion, the most important event in his life), and how he channeled that pain into so many classic songs. The chapter on Band Aid was also great fun to read.

If you're a fan, you'll enjoy this book. But you might have to dig elsewhere to find out more about the albums.

Feb 12, 2017

Did the publisher want 'Against All Odds' as the title? Collins really opens up in this book about his career, life and love (often lost). It's from his perspective, naturally, so we get a one-sided account but he seems to try his best to give an honest review. At times it's uncomfortable reading, especially when - after surviving in rock and roll in the 70s and 80s - he becomes a full-blown alcoholic at the end of his career. Collins was a workaholic as well, so one addiction replaced another. Overall, as these sorts of autobiographies go, it's a good read, but you probably have to be a fan to really enjoy it. There's a Vancouver connection, too.


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