Phil Collins has announced that he’ll release his autobiography in October 2016. “Several times over the last few years I have been asked to write a biography but never felt that the time was right – until now,” Collins said in a statement. “Having found the right publisher in Penguin Random House, I am ready to go on record about my life in music with all the highs and all the lows and to tell the story from my point of view, warts and all!”
Crown Archetype, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House, will publish Collins’ still-untitled tome in the U.S., ABC News reports. Crown Archetype editorial director Tricia Boczkowski said the “unflinchingly honest” memoir would show “a Phil Collins that not many people know.” The memoir will be published by Century in the United Kingdom, and that company’s director Ben Dunn said of Collins’ book, “The early material is simply breathtaking.” Dunn added that the memoir is “one of the last great untold stories” and “something we’ve all been desperate to read,” NME reports.
The book will likely cover Collins’ stint as one of rock’s premier drummers, his ascension to Rock and Roll Hall of Famer as the frontman of Genesis and his own successful, Grammy-winning solo career; Collins remains one of just three singers – including Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney – to sell over 100 million copies as both a solo artist and as part of a group. Collins is also the latest rocker to pen his life story, joining recent rockers-turned-writers like Morrissey, Johnny Marr, John Fogerty and Patti Smith.
Although Collins has finally agreed to pen his memoir, this won’t be his first work as an author: In 2012, Collins wrote The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey, which focused on the singer’s museum-sized collection of artifacts from the Battle of the Alamo. Collins donated his entire Alamo collection to the state of Texas in 2014.