“Remember the time we swam naked in your father’s pool,” Prince asked on the song “Another Lonely Christmas” off his Purple Rain album. Shortly before his death, the artist whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson was writing his memories down for a book to share with a new power generation. Publisher Random House confirmed it will publish Prince’s memoir, The Beautiful Ones, on October 29, according to AP. The book will combine Prince’s unfinished manuscript with rare photos, scrapbooks and lyrics.
Prince signed a book deal for his autobiography weeks before he died in April 2016, but only submitted 50 handwritten pages before his death. The artist was working on the book with New Yorker writer Dan Piepenbring, according to publishing agent Esther Newberg. Reproductions of the handwritten pages may be featured in the book. The book will include an introduction by Piepenbring.
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 wrote in a statement. The book will “span from Prince’s childhood to his early years as a musician to the cusp of international stardom.
The memoir is “a beautiful tribute to his life,” The Beautiful Ones editor, Chris Jackson, said in a statement. “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.”
Prince died of an accidental overdose of counterfeit Vicodin pills that were laced with fentanyl in 2016. Prince died without leaving a will, as did the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Gandolfini, Amy Winehouse, and Heath Ledger. His estate has been releasing works he kept locked in his famed vault, like Piano & a Microphone 1983, intermittently.
Besides books and music, the memory of the late artist is also continuing on screens. Ava DuVernay, who directed Netflix’s 2016 private prison exposé 13th, as well as Selma, Queen Sugar and the upcoming Central Park Five series, is helming a multi-part Prince documentary for Netflix. Universal Pictures is developing an original film musical inspired by the music of Prince, much like Universal’s use of Abba songs in Mamma Mia.
Prince’s memoir, The Beautiful Ones, will come out on October 29.