From starting as the drummer in Genesis to then taking over the lead vocal duties in the same band, and then moving on to a successful solo career, Phil Collins has seen it all. He will now tell all when his “warts and all” memoirs are published in 2016 through Penguin Random House.
Collins has truly been there, seen it, done it in music, and has even had cinematic success with films like Buster.
Collins first joined and played drums with Genesis on their third album, Nursery Cryme, way back in (1971). Then, in a move that shocked the music world, and Genesis fans alike, he took over the lead vocal duties on the band’s 1976 album, A Trick of the Tail after Peter Gabriel left the band to go solo. Even more astonishing, was the fact that he sounded almost identical to the sound and tone of Gabriel’s voice.
Over the years, Genesis and Collins transformed their sound to move with the times, moving from the bands early Prog Rock roots, to a much more pop oriented sound. It was with that change that the band had a string of hits including “Invisible Touch” (1986 / #1), “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” (1987 / #3) and “I Can’t Dance” (1991 / #3). At the same time as the band’s success, Collins established himself as a formidable solo artist with songs including “In the Air Tonight” (1981 / #19), “Against All Odds” (1984 / #1) and “Sussudio” (1985 / #1).
Due to back problems and an overwhelming desire to spend more time with his children, Collins all but retired from music earlier this decade.
On his book Phil said, “Several times over the last few years I have been asked to write a biography but never felt that the time was right—until now. Having found the right publisher in Penguin Random House I am ready to go on record about my life in music with all the highs and all the lows and to tell the story from my point of view, warts and all!”
Here at RMW we’re sure that his book will be a must for all Genesis and music fans alike.