Prince is adding another feather to his purple cap. To a packed room at Avenue nightclub in New York City’s Meatpacking District, the icon announced Friday evening that he will be taking his talents to the page and writing a memoir, his first original book.
“You all still read books, right?” the singer, clad in gold sequined pinstripe pajamas, quipped at the show. “This is my first one. We just started working on it. My brother Dan is helping me with it. He’s, um, a good critic. He’s not a yes man at all. We’re starting at the beginning, from my first memory, and hopefully we can get all the way to the Super Bowl.”
(“Dan,” refers to the Paris Review’s Dan Piepenbring.)
The book, whose working title is The Beautiful Ones, will be published by Random House’s Spiegel & Grau imprint and is slated to arrive in fall of 2017. “Prince is a towering figure in global culture,” acquiring editor Chris Jackson said in a press statement, “and his music has been the soundtrack for untold numbers of people — including me — for more than a generation; his creative genius has provided the musical landscape for our lives. Millions of words have been written about Prince — books and articles, essays and criticism — but we’re thrilled to be publishing Prince’s powerful reflections on his own life in his own incandescently vivid, witty, and poetic voice.”
At 57, His Purpleness remains one of music’s most prolific talents, having released four albums in the last 18 months. Most recently, he dropped the excellent, two-part HITnRUN collection. In his EW review, Kyle Anderson wrote, “Time will ultimately tell where [it] lands on the Prince spectrum, and it’ll take generations before anybody can accurately assess the entirety of his discography. But I keep waiting for the initial rush of HITnRUN to wear off, and it just won’t happen.”
Prince debuted in 1978 at age 19. He has sold more than 40 million records and landed nearly 50 Hot 100 singles — many, if not most, shaped the musical landscape of the ’80s and ’90s. Seven Grammys line his shelves, as well as a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility.