Prince Will Release a Memoir in 2017

Angela Bronner Helm
Siinger and musician Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson) in 2011

The artist who continues to delight us as Prince will release an “unconventional” autobiography next year, Rolling Stone reports.

Publisher Spiegel & Grau describes the work as “an unconventional and poetic journey through his life and creative work” that will be written by the 57-year-old himself.


Prince will reportedly be delving into stories about his family as well as the inspiration behind many of his classic songs. The only expectation one can have is that it certainly will not follow anyone’s notion of “standard.”

“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.”

Twenty years ago, a memoir would have been unheard of from the notoriously press-averse singer. Yet in the last few years, the once-reclusive musician has been more open both in interviews and appearances and has shared more of himself than ever before.

Rolling Stone reports that news of the book comes on the heels a series of intimate Piano & a Microphone performances, where Prince revealed personal stories, including a tribute to his ex-girlfriend and singer Vanity, who died earlier this year.


The as-yet-untitled memoir is scheduled to drop in fall 2017.

Read more at Rolling Stone.

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