As soon as I read online about the release of Not Dead Yet: The Memoir by Phil Collins, I knew I had to read it. It wasn’t long after the announcement of this book that rumors started flying about Phil Collins long standing grudge with Paul McCartney. And though the story of the feud doesn’t appear in this book, many other Beatles stories that appear in it’s pages.
Phil opens the book by saying that it contains his memories of the events in his life and they may not match other memories of the same events, but they are as honest as he remembers them. Apparently, his first wife has very different recollections of their time together because she’s currently suing him because his wholly false statements “not only seriously damaged my reputation, but have also caused me considerable distress,” she said. I thought he was very kind to all three of his ex-wives and his ex-girlfriend throughout the book and took on great responsibility for the demise of all his relationships…we he details greatly.
But his marriages aren’t why we’re interested in Phil Collins, is it? No, it’s the music. So much music! In fact, there are times when even he and his fellow Genesis members admit there was too much Phil Collins! But for Collins, it was built into his personality to never say no to a idea. That included working with such greats as George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Sting, Robert Plant, etc. And though the battle with McCartney isn’t contained in the book, you do get the sense that Phil doesn’t think to highly of him without coming right out and saying it.
Then there’s his acting career and all that wasted film laying on the cutting room floors. Read the book if you want to know more about all his almost great movies roles, including his appearance in “A Hard Day’s Night”. And for that reason…
I rate this book, 4 out of 4 Beetles!
4 responses to “Book Review: “Not Dead Yet: The Memoir” by Phil Collins”
Phil Collins is an asshole, a talented one but an asshole nonetheless and not a quarter the artist Macca is.
Hahaha…someday you can explain your dislike of Phil Collins to me. See ya soon!
Actually I do like him but he mouthed off about McCartney a lot in the 80’s saying stuff like he only liked him when he had “balls”. Taking a superior attitude all while putting out sappy ballads himself. He was in the throes of his fame at the time and I think it went to his head.
To be perfectly honest, I’ve never been a Phil Collins fan. As much as I loved Genesis, the only song he released as a solo artist that I liked (actually loved) was “In The Air Tonight.” That particular song was very dynamic and really showed off his abilities to their fullest extent. I guess I’ve just never cared for his particular brand of songwriting. I would say the same thing about McCartney. In his long solo career I’ve only really liked a small percentage of his music. (You know I’m a Lennon fan LOL) Collins seemed to write differently when he was in Genesis. As for his acting, as you said, most of it ended up on the cutting room floor. I am however, looking forward to seeing his daughter Lily Collins starring in the new Warren Beatty movie about Howard Hughes (the name escapes me). I’m only plot driven when I see a movie, and that one looks particularly interesting. I may read the book though, on your recommendation, if nothing else to hear the Beatles stories.