Just a month ago, Prince announced that he was officially writing down all the best memories of his life in a memoir — and he reportedly only finished 50 pages before his death.
Did Prince know that the end was near? During a concert at Avenue in NYC on March 18, the 57-year-old singer announced to the crowd that after such a successful life, he would be putting down his life story in a memoir with Random House. He reportedly had been mulling over the idea for years but had never acted on it — until last month. Now, many are wondering if this meant he knew that he would be passing away soon.
“The good people of Random House have made me an offer that I can’t refuse,” Prince told the crowd of nearly 300 people, according to The New York Times. “You all still read books, right?” He also said that the book would be called The Beautiful Ones, after a song from his 1984 album, Purple Rain.
He said he’d be working at the book with writer and editor Dan Piepenbring of the Paris Review. “He’s a good critic,” Prince said. “That’s what I need. He’s not a yes man at all. We’re starting right at the beginning — my first memory — and hopefully we can move all the way to the Super Bowl.” According to TMZ’s sources, he only finished about 50 pages at the time of his passing.
“Millions of words have been written about Prince — books and articles, essays and criticism — but we’re thrilled to be publishing Prince’s powerful reflections on his own life in his own incandescently vivid, witty and poetic voice,” Chris Jackson, Spiegel & Grau’s executive editor who arranged the book’s acquisition said in a statement. Spiegel and Grau also explained the memoir as “an unconventional and poetic journey through his life and creative work”; it was expected to be available in the fall of 2017.
After suffering with the flu for many weeks, Prince wanted to prove to his fans he was okay — so last Saturday, he told a crowd near his home to “wait a few days before you waste any prayers,” according to TMZ. Well we are of course sending all our prayers to his friends and family, as Prince did pass away on April 20 in his home at Paisley Park. The cause of death is not yet known.