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Not Dead Yet

The Memoir

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A drummer almost before he could walk, Collins received on-the-job training in the seedy, thrilling bars and clubs of 1960s swinging London before finally landing the drum seat in Genesis, and stockpiling stockpile the songs that would rocket him to international fame. This is his unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the hits and pans, his marriages and divorces, the drinking and the deafness, the ascents to the top of the charts and into the tabloid headlines, and his harrowing descent into darkness after his "official" retirement in 2007.
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781101907474
1101907479
Branch Call Number: 921 Colli
Characteristics: 371 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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dionyzus
Jun 02, 2017

A lot of interesting insights into the life of Phil Collins. It's hard not to like hearing how he modestly describes practically stumbling into success as a solo artist which then bettered the fortunes of his band Genesis. And he had such a long and varied career, it's good that he seems to have covered it all. It's just a shame, as another reviewer stated, that some albums are glossed over.. perhaps he needs to write a Vol. 2 to cover the details? Also I was intrigued to find out he was an amateur historian of Alamo artifacts, amassing the largest private collection in the world. I wish he'd provided more details about that hobby of his, too!

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nannerl
Apr 08, 2017

I've had a life-long crush on Phil Collins, but after reading this my infatuation went out the window. He come across as very self-absorbed, plus striving for fame is no excuse for not being there for your kids when they're growing up, in my opinion. Frankly, I wish I'd never read this, so I could have kept my fantasies in place.

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LoganHobo78
Mar 21, 2017

I love Phil Collins music from Genesis to Brand X to his solo work, and if you're a Phil fan, you'll enjoy this journey through his career. But... this memoir suffers from the same pitfalls as other rock memoirs do.

You get a lot of early years stuff about Grandmothers and parents and siblings, and then a lot of back end stuff about his third marriage, health problems, drinking problem, and kids. But in the middle -- the only part I really care about, the part about the music -- so many of the most landmark albums of the 70's and 80's get barely more than a paragraph. There's more space devoted to his daughter's acting career than there is to the writing and recording of Invisible Touch.

That being said, there is a lot of good stuff in here, especially about the break-up of his first marriage (in my opinion, the most important event in his life), and how he channeled that pain into so many classic songs. The chapter on Band Aid was also great fun to read.

If you're a fan, you'll enjoy this book. But you might have to dig elsewhere to find out more about the albums.

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Ektorp
Feb 12, 2017

Did the publisher want 'Against All Odds' as the title? Collins really opens up in this book about his career, life and love (often lost). It's from his perspective, naturally, so we get a one-sided account but he seems to try his best to give an honest review. At times it's uncomfortable reading, especially when - after surviving in rock and roll in the 70s and 80s - he becomes a full-blown alcoholic at the end of his career. Collins was a workaholic as well, so one addiction replaced another. Overall, as these sorts of autobiographies go, it's a good read, but you probably have to be a fan to really enjoy it. There's a Vancouver connection, too.

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