*Three years after his death, fifty pages of a memoir handwritten by Prince is set to be released this fall.
Titled “The Beautiful Ones,” the 288 page book will combine the music icon’s unfinished manuscript, rare photos, lyrics, scrapbooks and the original draft script for “Purple Rain,” BBC reports.
New Yorker writer Dan Piepenbring will pen the introduction for the memoir. Prince selected Dan as a collaborator on the project, describing him as “a good critic” who was “not a ‘yes’ man at all.”
Piepenbring’s essay will recount his encounters with the star, at “a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he’d so carefully cultivated.”
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The Prince Estate is thrilled to announce that on October 29, 2019, @RandomHouse will be publishing THE BEAUTIFUL ONES by Prince, the American artistic visionary—singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actor and filmmaker. Available for preorder now. https://t.co/gEqMEdYoEa pic.twitter.com/RJtK9fowH8
— Prince (@prince) April 22, 2019
Publishers Random House described “The Beautiful Ones” as “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.”
The book’s editor Chris Jackson added: “Millions of words have been written about Prince – books and articles, essays and criticism – but we’re thrilled to be publishing Prince’s powerful reflections on his own life in his own incandescently vivid, witty and poetic voice. His death was an unfathomable loss, but this book is a beautiful tribute to his life.”
Prince died in April 2016 allegedly from an accidental overdose of the pain medication fentanyl.
“The Beautiful Ones” will be released October 29.