Phil Collins to publish ‘warts and all’ autobiography in 2016

Penguin Random House will publish the story of Genesis drummer turned solo star

Phil Collins will release his autobiography next year, publishers Penguin Random House have announced.

The book will be the first from the singer-songwriter and former Genesis member.

Collins says of the news: “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!”

Century Publishing Director, Ben Dunn describes Collins’ book as “one of the last great untold stories” and “something we’ve all been desperate to read”. He adds: “The early material is simply breathtaking, and I am honoured to be his publisher.”

The book will be published in hardback and as an ebook in October 2016.

Collins released his last album ‘Going Back’ in 2010.


Phil Collins recently described Adele as a “slippery little fish” after being dropped from her new album.

“She got hold of me and asked if I would write with her. She gave me a piece of music to finish and at first I didn’t know if I’d failed the audition as I didn’t hear back from her,” he told Q magazine.

“She said, ‘No, no, I’m moving house and the baby’s taking up a lot of my time, I’m not actually doing anything at the moment.’ And now I’ve heard there’s a [new album] coming out. I’m not on it, I know that.”

“She’s a slippery little fish is Adele,” Collins added.