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Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography by [Collins, Phil]
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"A no-holds-barred autobiography which is a well written and emotive read" (i)

"Honest, engaging" (The Sun)

"Collins book is candid, amusing and revealing" (Telegraph)

"Jaw-droppingly honest" (Daily Mirror)

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The long-awaited autobiography from Phil Collins, one of the bestselling music artists of all time. This is the rollercoaster journey from his beginnings as a child actor to his domination of the charts both as a solo artist and as part of Genesis. His success is astounding, his music has global reach and his story is legendary

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 115575 KB
  • Print Length: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (20 Oct. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01AU534J8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 170 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,143 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Couldn't stop reading it..........I bought the kindle version, and read the whole thing in a day. I wouldn't swap Phil's millions for my life. Someone should have told him a long time ago that we are the sum total of our choices in life. It seems he made some bad choices in favour of his musical priorities, and his regrets, culminating in his downward spiral into alcoholism and depression, severe physical problems, terrible relationships (all his fault) are a reflection of his inability to put others before his hedonism. Gripping, easy to read, and a warning that sometimes, the things you wish for can bring terrible consequences.
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I'm a Genesis fanatic; I absolutely love them in all their iterations. I also liked Phil's solo work and thought the movie Buster was great. So I had very high expectations for this book and thankfully I wasn't let down. I highly recommend this book.

As expected, he addresses all the famous and infamous moments of his career. As he was omnipresent (as he admits) during the 80's and 90's I thought I knew all the stories but here we get Collins' perspective. And fair play to him, he's brutally honest about his own conduct at times.

I didn't know much about his most recent years, so it was fascinating to see what became of him after the Genesis reunion tour.

He has a deft writing touch and a nice turn of his phrase, essentially he can spin a good story but then again as a songwriter that's to be expected. It was incredible to read about just how many awards and numbers ones he's accumulated over the years and the famous people he's knocked about with.

It's also a very personal book and it's very touching at times; he was a guy who said yes to everything, leaving no time for his own family life and leading to long term and severe illness in later life.

One slight bugbear was that he didn't expand on certain eras and moments of his life, for example he glides through the Genesis days whilst writing a good deal more about his childhood and whilst the latter was interesting, I was reading it for the former.

But it was nice to see Phil's side of the story after being much maligned by the press for years. Essentially he seems like a good guy and the way he speaks about his family and friends (especially Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford) makes him all the more likeable to me.

9/10
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Phil Collins tells his life story as he would put it, “warts and all”. It is a fascintating, touching, funny and sad read showing how his dedication to his career resulted in domestic disharmony and ultimately psychological issues, alcoholism and failing health. A man who could do no wrong in the 1980s became pilloried in the 1990s, following what he terms as “Faxgate” – for which he puts the record straight here, and ultimately retreated into a form of semi-seclusion following his so-called “retirement”.

Collins has always been honest and forthright in his interviews and he is brutally honest here about his descent into depression and alcoholism over an 8-year period from 2005-2013. He is frank about how this affected those around him and he is big enough to lay the blame with no-one else but himself. He is riddled with guilt over how he put his career before his family and this is a constant theme throughout the book. It is sometimes hard to read as Collins lays bare his soul and his increased self-loathing, which obviously fuelled his near self-destruction. Fortunately he had people around him who cared enough, but it was a long hard and ugly road that has left many scars on himself and those close to him.

But the book is also balanced and is often very witty and funny. Collins tells of his adolescent years as a child actor and his early musical influences visiting clubs like the Marquee to watch his favourite bands; a strange tale of how, as a 19-year old star-struck percussionist, he was left off George Harrison’s first post-Beatles album All Things Must Pass; his audition and early touring years with Genesis then his ascension to group singer following Peter Gabriel’s departure in 1975.
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I'm very pleased that I managed to get a signed copy of this excellent book. Phil Collins talks about his life and the events therein, in a very logical chronological order in this book. His childhood, his acting career and early bands, joining Genesis, his solo career, plus his attitude to the negativity about his apparent ubiquity which naturally accompanied his success and being so in-demand - are all dealt with, with a decent amount of detail, though I am sure the hardcore fans will still have a plethora of questions. This is after all, the Phil Collins autobiography, not an A-Z manual. He speaks engagingly and the book is an easy and extremely interesting read for the most part.

What I did not expect from this book was the last quarter, which was really disturbing. Phil Collins comes across as a very likeable man, an in-demand musician, who can't refuse 'an offer that you can't refuse' (pretty much the undoing of his marriages). I was absolutely saddened to read that last part of the book. His personal dispair at his life situation came as a total surprise to me. You have to wish him well and hope that he is doing ok now.

A great read. His story told very well and with a lot of honesty and humility.
Six stars if I could.
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