Almost exactly three years after Prince died in April 2016, a number of music magazines announced that The Prince Estate in association with Random House publishers will present Prince’s unfinished memoirs to the public.
Titled The Beautiful Ones, the manuscript in combination with additional photographs, lyrics, scrapbooks, and other material has a set release date for the end of October. As Rolling Stone notes, among the handwritten lyric sheets will be the original treatment of maybe his biggest hit, “Purple Rain.”
The tome is said to have 288 pages, and along with the unfinished memoir Prince announced he was writing shortly before his death, is an introduction from The New Yorker writer Dan Piepenbring.
While The Prince Estate made its announcement through Instagram, The Random House commented: “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.”
While it is to be seen whether the memoirs themselves will provide any new or revelatory moments, it is certain that The Beautiful Ones will certainly generate a lot of interest in a still very large and loyal Prince fan base.
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