Recording artist and pop icon Prince is reportedly writing a memoir that will be released next year.
The musical legend’s memoir will be published by Spiegel & Gran, who announced on Friday that they acquired Prince’s book and is set to be available in 2017.
At an event in New York City on Friday, Prince shared the working title of the book which is The Beautiful Ones and also shared that his publishers made him “an offer [he] can’t refuse.”
In regards to content, the “Purple Rain” singer shared that the memoir will begin with his first memory. As the Associated Press shares, Prince spoke about the process and shared that his brother Dan is giving him some assistance with the project.
“This is my first (book). My brother Dan is helping me with it. He’s a good critic and that’s what I need. He’s not a ‘yes’ man at all and he’s really helping me get through this. We’re starting from the beginning from my first memory and hopefully we can go all the way up to the Super Bowl,”
Prince spoke candidly and threw some humor into his chat with his audience that included Harry Belafonte, Trevor Noah, as well as journalists and music industry heavyweights. Prince cheekily posed a humorous inquiry to the crowd which received a roar of laughter.
“You all still read books right?”
Oddly, the pop icon then shared that he had just gotten off a plane and needed a moment to go home to change but that he will be back to “party.”
“If you don’t mind, I’m going to go home and change real quick and come back and party with y’all.”
The press release relays additional details about what fans can expect from Prince’s memoir.
“Prince will take readers on an unconventional and poetic journey through his life and creative work. [Including stories about] the family that shaped him and the people, places, and ideas that fired his creative imagination.”
Prince, born in Minneapolis, is now 57-years-old and has remained relevant over three full decades. The artist is one of the most successful musicians of all time and just to prove his endurance in the industry, has released four albums in the last 18 months, which included two via the Tidal streaming service in 2015.
Prince has experienced a difficult start to the year, as the Daily Beast shares. The musician lost his love, Vanity, to kidney failure early in 2016 and shared his heartbreak over the incident, as well as his love for her.
“She was the most beautiful woman in the world and she had no problem letting you know that.”
Vanity, who was born Denise Matthews, was described in a few words by the star and this was summed up by the publication to relays how special the beauty was to Prince.
“Prince shared about his former love and onetime protégé Vanity, born Denise Matthews, who died… after battling kidney ailments for several years. She was a stunning former model who’d become a singer and actress in the 1980s, as well as one of many muses for His Royal Badness’s esoteric freakiness. For most Prince fans, Vanity is probably only second to Apollonia in the canon of “Prince girls,” but she was more than just an accessory to his legendary libido.”
— Angel (@Arkhangael) March 18, 2016
Interestingly enough, Vanity became an evangelical Christian in the 90s and shared a negative view of her time as Prince’s protege via her own memoir of the time in her life.
“With each new, methodical, despicable movement of my being, I closed my fists around a wretched lie which sought to eradicate my life at an impromptu time and I had built no stomach for the fight. With each new bitterness dispelled formulated by this cruel cold world of which I had become its strange kind, I shut my eyes and with deep complaint muttered words of death and despair, while the hot flames seeped, boiled and burned ablaze under my bottle. I was molding to the likes of mediocrity, vulnerability, having had all the experience of a trained seal, being pushed to the brink of hopelessness, and helpless to perpetuate a flawless, ruinous end.”
It’s likely that Vanity will find her way into the pages of Prince’s memoir.
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