Prince’s highly personal Piano & A Microphone Tour seems to have inspired a new outlet for all that personal reflection he’s been treating fans to during the current tour. Just maybe it was all for higher purpose, a literary one in fact. On March 19 Prince summoned 200 music reporters and book industry insiders to New York’s, Manhattan club Avenue to hear him personally deliver a very tantalising announcement from the club’s balcony. “The good people at Random House have made me an offer that I can’t refuse,” Prince is working on his memoir.

The book, currently under the working title The Beautiful Ones, will in his own words chart Prince’s life, “from my first memory … all the way to the [2007] Superbowl.” He teased that it will be ‘unconventional’ (naturally) and is working tirelessly to complete as the book is due out in the autumn of 2017 under an imprint of Random House, Spigel & Grau.

The memoirs will take in his family life and reveal the stories that inspired some of his most famous songs. Let’s hope it will not be unconventional enough to include a CD, as he did in 2008 with 21 Nights, with new songs, or free some long hidden gems from Paisley Park’s fabled vault.

You all still read books, right?

In typical Prince-style he did not the announcement simply at that. One hour later he returned and treated the attendees to a 30-minute jam featuring hits which spanned the dazzling career he is at last putting into his own words for the release of what will no doubt see one of music’s most eagerly awaited autobiographies yet: from Let’s Work, to D.M.S.R., Sign O’ The Times, to The Most Beautiful Girl In The World. As if they were not excited enough already.

“We wanna thank Random House,” Prince said midway though his set. “Ain’t nothing random about this funk.”


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