Book Review: Not Dead Yet A Memoir by Phil Collins

May 31, 2020

Details from Audible:

Not Dead Yet

The Memoir
Narrated by: Phil Collins
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,238 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited autobiography from Phil Collins, one of the best-selling music artists of all time. This is the roller-coaster journey from his beginnings as a child actor to his domination of the charts as both a solo artist and part of Genesis. His success is astounding, his music has global reach, and his story is legendary.

©2016 Phil Collins (P)2016 Random House Audio

Initial Thoughts:

Anyone who has read this blog knows I have a thing for authors reading their own books. I find it especially good when an author not only reads his own work but when it's about themselves. This was one of those books and since I've always been a fan of Phil Collins music (and it was on Audible) I gave it a listen.

Main Points:

Phil Collins music is a part of my childhood, that said I'll admit I'm not a huge fan, more like someone who loves a selection of his songs (and some of Genesis of course). Collins has a nice speaking voice and he is really good putting emotion in the right spots. He does a few accents and a couple of impressions and does a reasonable job with those as well.

Of course, the important part here is his story and it's a good one. Collins has not only had a very successful career he also has an interesting life story. As you learn quickly he has an excellent memory (except for the years when he was drinking of course) and hearing about his early years was really entertaining.

While you do get to hear all about "In the air tonight" and "Sussuido" (and spoiler, the word doesn't mean anything), I'll admit that a lot of the details on Genesis and some of his lesser-known albums do seem a little dragged out.

You do get an in-depth look into his sorted personal affairs (he was divorced 3 times) and a hard to listen to (but important) account of how he slipped into alcoholism and almost died. I was impressed with how he recounts the way he wrote songs and how he built to become one of the most successful solo artists of the past fifty years.

Final Thoughts:

As I told a friend I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I was a bigger fan. I also have a bad habit of taking a really long time to finish an audiobook and such was the case here. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any Collins or music fan. A solid 7.5 out of 10 from me. I would say not for kids due to some mature subject matter, ages 13+.