‘The Beautiful Ones’ is a memoir Prince was working on at the time of his death, and according to the AP, the story of iconic musician and philanthropist will be released on October 29th.
First announced just weeks before his death in 2016, the 288-page book will include an introduction by New Yorker writer Dan Piepenbring, who Prince chose as a collaborator. The memoir spans from Prince’s childhood to his early years as a musician at the brink of international stardom, using his own writings, a scrapbook of his personal photos, and the original handwritten lyric sheets for many of his most iconic songs.
Publisher Random House said in a statement, “‘The Beautiful Ones’ is the deeply personal account of how Prince Rogers Nelson became the Prince we know: the real-time story of a kid absorbing the world around him and creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and the fame that would come to define him.”
In 2018, literary agent Esther Newberg told Variety Prince had completed over 50 handwritten pages. The book’s editor, Chris Jackson, said in a statement “The Beautiful Ones” was “a beautiful tribute to his life.” The memoir is an exclusive partnership with the Prince Estate.