April 21, 2019 marks the three-year anniversary of Prince’s passing. Now, the book the legendary musician was working on will finally see a release date on October 29.
Prince’s memoir, “The Beautiful Ones,” an exclusive partnership with the Prince Estate, features the late star’s unfinished manuscript in addition to “rare photos, scrapbooks and lyrics.”
Random House stated, according to the Associated Press, "'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."
Publishing agent Esther Newberg discussed the project with Variety in 2018, revealing that Prince had completed 50 pages of a handwritten manuscript before he died at the age of 57.
The Prince Estate is thrilled to announce that on October 29, 2019, @RandomHouse will be publishing THE BEAUTIFUL ONES by Prince, the American artistic visionary—singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actor and filmmaker. Available for preorder now. https://t.co/gEqMEdYoEa pic.twitter.com/RJtK9fowH8— Prince (@prince) April 22, 2019
Random House also announced, “The Beautiful Ones” is reportedly 288 pages and will chronicle Prince’s journey from childhood to early fame. “The book depicts Prince’s evolution through deeply revealing, never-before-shared images and memories and culminates with his original handwritten treatment for his masterwork, ‘Purple Rain.'” New Yorker writer Dan Piepenbring is slated to pen the introduction.
There are currently other Prince project in the works, including Ava DuVernay’s upcoming documentary for Netflix. Last summer, a film based on Chris Lee’s Daily Beast article "When Prince Made a Chambermaid His Queen for a Day," was announced.
The movie is set to focus on MTV’s 1986 “Win a Date with Prince” contest, in which Wyoming hotel cleaner Lisa Barber won a competition to go on a date with Prince and attend a screening of "Under The Cherry Moon" in her hometown.
Are you excited for a Prince memoir?