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Not Dead Yet

Narrated by: Phil Collins
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

Phil Collins' long awaited memoir doesn't hold back, featuring accounts of his music career and personal relationships. From his first tentative steps as a child actor to his remarkable career as a musician and his struggles with addiction and alcoholism, this is an intimate and engaging narrative about the man behind the music.

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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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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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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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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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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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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A truly honest autobiography

What made the experience of listening to Not Dead Yet the most enjoyable?

This book was refreshingly frank and fun from a musician who has really enjoyed life and done many of the things most of us think we would like to have done.

Phil has a great book to help make it easy to listen to his story, well written and well read helped past many hours of driving, thanks.

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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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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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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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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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  • Steve Hooper
  • 09-04-19

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
  • 30-01-19

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
  • 15-11-18

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
  • 26-06-17

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
  • 05-02-17

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
  • 25-10-16

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!