Before his untimely passing, Prince was be working on his official memoir — and now, that book has a planned release date.
Originally announced in March 2016, just a month before his death, The Beautiful Ones will now be released via Random House on October 29.
First announced just weeks before his 2016 death, the 288-page book will include an introduction by New Yorker writer Dan Piepenbring, whom Prince had chosen as a collaborator. The memoir is an exclusive partnership with the Prince Estate.
″‘The Beautiful Ones’ is the deeply personal account of how Prince Rogers Nelson became the Prince we know: the real-time story of a kid absorbing the world around him and creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and the fame that would come to define him,” Random House announced.
Added the book’s editor, Chris Jackson:
“It’s also much more than that: it’s a genuinely moving and energizing literary work, full of Prince’s ideas and vision, his voice and image. It’s a treasure not just for Prince fans but for anyone who wants to see one of our greatest creative artists and original minds at work on his greatest creation: himself.”
For an artist as fiercely original and willing to go against the grain, so to speak (as he did for much of the past two decades of his recorded output, seemingly at odds with the music business’ way of doing things), an official memoir from Prince seems tantalizingly intriguing for those eager to get a fuller appreciation of and understanding of the man, who led an almost mythical life and career.