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Not Dead Yet

Narrated by: Phil Collins
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Phil Collins gained fame as both the drummer and the lead singer for Genesis and continues to enjoy worldwide success today. He's one of only three recording artists who have sold over 100 million albums both as solo artists and separately as principal members of bands - the other two being Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.

Revered as a drummer, he's the only performer of distinction to have appeared at both the UK and US original Live Aid concerts, the creator of numerous worldwide hits, and an Oscar winner for the song 'You'll Be in My Heart' from the Disney film Tarzan.

Phil Collins' life has also been rich with experience outside of music, starting with his career as a child actor, appearing aged 13 as the Artful Dodger in the stage production of Oliver!, through Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Miami Vice and The Band Played On. In his memoir Phil talks honestly about his three failed marriages, his alcoholism and his ill health but also describes the highs and lows of his career and what it is like to work with other rock legends, from Eric Clapton to Robert Plant.

Published to coincide with the release of a singles collection, Not Dead Yet will thrill fans and change minds.

©2016 Phil Collins (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Very telling Biography

Phil Collins has been very honest with writing this biography. Some of which must have been very hard to admit to the whole world.
I enjoyed not only the story, but him reading it. I think it made this book.
I highly recommend this to anyone who has ever been a Phil Collins fan and for that matter anyone contemplating joining the industry.
Excellent book

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Honest, warming and informative…

Where does Not Dead Yet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Of all my audiobook listens? It's middle of the pack.

What did you like best about this story?

What's best for me is how much detail Phil brings to a time that's been paved over by a million interviews and rumours. It's so much the richer for the irony evident in his re-telling of his actual experience of many spectacular times in his career, alongside many luminaries of 70's & 80's music compared to the apocryphal rumours and stereotypes of the music world. Equally as good is the honesty and sobering [literally!] grittiness he brings to the wider span of his life before & after the chart-topping days.

What does Phil Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

One can hear all of the irony, amusement and bittersweet impact of the journey on Phil himself. It's clearly his tale, told well, and with an audible candour and humour throughout.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"A Fake Look at Something Real." ...I would never make a film of someone's life - it's the worst kind of fiction in my opinion.

Any additional comments?

Collins deserves great credit for being so open with so many moments where he doesn't stand to come off well. It's a very involving story made all the richer by it's candour and openness.

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No work Required, he does it all for you...

My very first audiobook, and not my last, I hope. I'm a Massive fan of Collins and this book gave me everything a fan would want from the man. I did think the early years and later years were more interesting, as his 80's period has has been well documented before, in other works. A sad story, with humour and amazing achievement is my way of briefly summing up the book. I loved the personality of the audiobook, which for me gave it that cheeky Chappy feel... highly recommend.

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A must for Collins fans

An interesting story (almost) of rags to riches and with all the limitations that money can buy. There were times I found the author self-indulgent but this was perhaps balanced by the bravery of revealing his personal flaws. And Collins identifies many, particularly his conflict between need and loyalty. Perhaps his own poor parenting that gave him ambition outside family security. Somehow wealth can bail you out of most things but alcohol abuse. But in the end PC is a notable musician, a celebrity of the media (in the widest sense), and yet in one sense an ordinary guy with natural talent, a frequently likeable personality, a workaholic, with an inability to sustain anything but his music. A success? A failure? Well, of course, both in abundance. As one who is only 1 year older, and successful in many ways, I am pretty boring at the side of him. Then again, I am not badly off and I have a wife who I can stick with forever and every chance she will reciprocate. In addition, I can still listen to PC anytime and experience the heartbreak I have had as he has. I like knowing that his royalties make him even more affluent but, sadly a little near to death. May his wealth end up in the many places he has directed it to, including ‘Custa’s’ last stand. “Thank you for the music” as ABBA once sung. I might also have died for that. One of our treasures. May you live forever Phil! And perhaps you will.

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Almost Wish I Did Not Read It

As with many biographies, the reader is caught in a dilemma. 1, being shocked at the real humanity of the superstar, and 2, being relieved at the humanity of the Superstar.

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A Life In Music & Madness

The only man who can tell Phil's story is Phil & he does it here in his typical laid back style. Covering all aspects of his professional & personal life, this is a tale that will enlighten fans of his work.

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One of the best autobiographies I’ve read

Excellent, honest, thought provoking and heartbreaking book from one of the modern eras best ever musicians!

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Great !

Honest, raw and funny. All the better being narrated by the man himself. What a life and he's not dead yet.

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My favourite book

I have been a fan of Phil Collins since I was a child as soon as I came across this book I had to buy it.

It is the best book I have ever listened too

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  • 14-01-2018

You need to know Phil Collins

I know Phil Collin's big hits, but I don't know his career intimately so with that understanding I think I got a bit lost in some parts of the story. The narration is easy to listen to, however you feel like you are talking to a friend who is only telling you one side of the story while knowing there was probably a lot more to it.

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  • Steve Hooper
  • 09-04-2019

Love him

Phil Collins was the first album I ever purchased and hearing his story in his own words has been mesmerising.

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  • Timothy Hill
  • 30-01-2019

Love Phil!

What a fantastic read/ listen! Phil candidly goes through the story of his life in a light-hearted, honest and frank manner. I am sure that his story has a lot more detail to it than what is portrayed in this book, but it is a really good read and I hold even more respect for the man that I ever did before.

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  • JohnW
  • 15-11-2018

Captivating life story by a down to earth larger than life man

Phil’s story from the man himself, the good and the bad is dished out just as it is.

Despite his worldwide fame and success he still comes across as your down to earth bloke that everyone can relate to. He has clearly a boatload of talent and complete passion and dedication to what he loves doing; playing drums and making music. But it is equally clear that he has worked very, very hard and every day of his life to become and keep being the success that he is.
#OnTheRoad #UnlikelyHero #Witty #Inspiring #TagsGiving #Sweepstakes

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-06-2017

Wonderfull

I really loved this book. Extremely interesting for an old Genesis fan. It was very well performed by the author.

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  • Graham Dunne
  • 05-02-2017

Wonderful book

No holes barred autobiography of my life long hero... Phil is very straight and tells wonderful story from early days as a jobbing drummer to megastar and all the good and bad events along the way. Definitely worth a listen or read!

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  • Michael
  • 25-10-2016

A must for fans, a captivating book for everyone

Never boring, sometimes astonishing and sometimes sad. This book shares a look into the life of Phil Collins. And it's not just for fans either. Mr Collins story gives the listener an understanding why he did what he did, both in his personal and his professional life.
A big plus is the fact that Phil Collins is narrating it himself!

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  • Mrs W Cole
  • 27-10-2016

Honest interesting amazing account

Loved this audible book by Phil Collins easy to listen to as he narrated it , believable you feel your right there on the amazing life journey he tells about his career and personal life , funny , touching , exciting , humbling, just a normal bloke really , long awaited but well worth the wait .

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  • Cliff
  • 02-11-2016

New Respect Indeed.

Biographies like these are an important read. They help you understand what goes on behind the scenes of life. They help you understand that everyone struggles with "stuff" and understanding this inspires you. I used to think Phil Collins was a pretty good singer for a drummer. He is also a pretty good author for a singer. Well done Philip. Well done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-2017

A funny and sad tale of this legend of music.

Yes I am a big Phil Collins fan, I have been for almost 30 years. This is a wonderful listen. Phil telling his story in his own words. It will make you laugh and cry.

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  • Ian Seddon
  • 16-12-2016

Well told story of a selfish man.

I guess it goes with the territory but Mr C tells of a life lived the way he wanted it and could afford easily. Quite a lot of wreckage but his professions of guilt are hardly ever followed up by changed ways. Well read. If you're a fan you will love it. If not, then a few 'tuts' might be heard.

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  • M. Daniels
  • 29-10-2016

superbly told, very inspiring

I was never a huge fan but I certainly am now. not just of the music but this incredibly gifted and hard working man. The stories in this book run parallel with memories I have of the 70's 80's 90's - lots of funny and fascinating anticdotes. well done Phil!

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  • Colin
  • 12-10-2017

No Punches Pulled...

As a young drummer in the 1960s, I strived to have the power of John Bonham, the showmanship of Keith Moon and the precision of Phil Collins. Many people, who only know him as the solo singer from the 80s, are surprised to find the esteem he was held in by musicians in general, and drummers especially. But he also has a reputation for being 'difficult', so I was prepared for this book to be hard work. Happily, it was a real pleasure from start to finish.

His initial years in drama school, then his meeting with Genesis and their subsequent meteoric rise through the corridors of progressive rock, through to his solo success in the 1980s, Collins' tells the story with no punches pulled.

Along with the highs were some very dark lows, and he is well aware that he has, on more than one occasion, behaved atrociously, and nowhere is this more prevalent than in his family life, where wives (3) and kids (6) are resigned to always taking the back seat as demands on Collins' career grow. (He was so busy, he divorced his 2nd wife via fax)

Collins' narration is a first-rate job, where he remains animated and engaging throughout

Highly recommended

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  • ladyluck
  • 26-01-2017

Awesome

Frank and interesting story of Phil's life so far.
No holds barred and honest insight. Must read for all Collins and Genesis fans alike..

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  • Lisa S
  • 24-01-2017

It simply made me glad he's not dead, yet

This book is a tremendous insight to the highs of fame in 80's and 90's and the true cost of the lows. I most certainly highly recommend.

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  • Cath Ellison
  • 07-01-2017

Highly recommended!

As a long term Genesis fan this is an autobiography that I have looked forward to. Ironically, perhaps, I was never a huge fan of Phil Collins solo work but I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed this whole book. Phil's reading was very engaging and added a special dimension to my experience.

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  • Jackie Mac
  • 07-01-2017

A great nostalgic read!

I loved it and it was even better with Phil himself narrating. A really good listen.

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