While the pop world reels under the loss of royalty, the publishing world wonders what will happen to Prince’s memoir, The Beautiful Ones, slated for publication later this year. From International Business Times:
It was only a month ago that the publisher Spiegel & Grau announced that Prince would be publishing his memoir in the fall of 2017. But the musical artist and legend died suddenly Thursday at the age of 57, and how much of his book he had completed remains unclear.
Random House, of which Spiegel & Grau is an imprint, said Thursday it had no comment on the status of the memoir, which was tentatively titled “The Beautiful Ones,” after a track on Prince’s album “Purple Rain.”
TMZ reported Thursday that Prince, formerly known as the Artist Formerly Known As Prince, had finished roughly 50 pages after starting writing only a month ago.
The revelations threatened to cast a dark pall on the music legend’s legacy.
Prince’s brilliant musical output in the 1980s defined the decade: His classic albums included “Purple Rain,” “1999” and “Sign O’ the Times,” along with a string of chart-topping singles like “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Raspberry Beret” and “U Got the Look.”
The “Purple Rain” soundtrack alone sold more than 13 million copies, earning Prince the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.