It's happening. Prince has revealed that he is working on a personal memoir chronicling his life and music. As expected, the Purple One won't be writing in standard prose, but rather an "unconventional" style. Though it doesn't sound like Prince has really even written a word yet — the book is not due out until fall of next year —Rolling Stone is already calling it "one of the most anticipated memoirs in music history."
Prince's publishers Spiegel & Grau promise the memoir will be "an unconventional and poetic journey through his life and creative work" and Prince will write, in his own words, about the "people, places and ideas that fired his imagination."
"Prince is a towering figure in global culture 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 of our lives," Spiegel & Grau Executive Editor Chris Jackson said in a statement. "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."
Fans have been sharing their excitement on Twitter:
Prince shared the news about the memoir in person during an "intimate" NYC club show on Friday night, asking the crowd, "You all still read books, right?" He added, "We're starting right at the beginning from my first memory, and hopefully we can move all the way to the Super Bowl. We just started, we're going as quick as we can, working tirelessly."
He also thanked publishing giant Random House, who will be disributing the book, saying, "We wana thank Random house. Ain't nothing random about this book."
We can be sure that Prince will be covering the many loves of his life, one of them being his late protégé Vanity, who died earlier this year:
(Photo: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for NPG Records 2015)