Thursday 27 October 2016

Singer Phil Collins is set to release an autobiography

Phil Collins
Phil Collins

Phil Collins is set to bring out an autobiography, because he feels the time is finally "right".

The 64-year-old musician rose to fame as the drummer and lead singer for the rock band Genesis. Collins then enjoyed success as a solo artist, with hits including In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds.

"Several times over the last few years I have been asked to write a biography, but never felt that the time was right - until now," said Collins.

"Having found the right publisher in Penguin Random House I am ready to go on record about my life in music, with all the highs and all the lows and to tell the story from my point of view - warts and all!"

Collins is one of just three artists in history to sell over 100 million albums both as a solo artist and as a member of a band, alongside Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.

He has won seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards, and an Academy Award for Best Original Song, for You'll Be in My Heart from the Disney film Tarzan. Born in London, he has been married and divorced three times, and has five children.

Penguin Random House has obtained a world rights deal. The book will be published in the UK by Century, part of Cornerstone Publishing within the Random House Group.

"Phil Collins' autobiography is one of the last great untold stories, and is something we've all been desperate to read. The early material is simply breathtaking, and I am honoured to be his publisher," said publishing director Ben Dunn said.

The book will be on the shelves in October 2016.

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