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« Reply #30 on: Oct 21st, 2016, 12:47pm »

Mine is out for delivery.
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« Reply #31 on: Oct 21st, 2016, 4:25pm »

on Oct 21st, 2016, 12:47pm, CyanideWand wrote:
Mine is out for delivery.


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« Reply #32 on: Oct 21st, 2016, 4:44pm »

Got my copy ordered at the library...
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« Reply #33 on: Oct 21st, 2016, 7:32pm »

I got my copy. It was signed with a sharpie. I think he was eating something at the time because there are fingerprints in several places on the cover.
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« Reply #34 on: Oct 22nd, 2016, 12:04pm »

Had mine on kindle from when it was available for download.

Really enjoying it and Phil's writing style.I'm up to the part were they have just played Supper's Ready for the first time live in Nov 1972 - good stuff!

Also,came across this old quote from another site about Phil's possible youthful athletic prowess.

Anyone know if it's true? It may actually be in Phil's autobiography,but Phil has been humbly recounting much of his youthful,lusty physical prowess and I may have been a bit distracted..

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I calculated that he joined Chiswick Grammar School in 1961/1962..and so this last weekend I searched through the annual School Magazines (called The Lamp)that I have for that period..having been at the school myself in the 1950's.

What a surprise..on Saturday,3rd July 1965 a young lad called COLLINS won the under 14's 75 yard hurdles...and also the Junior High Jump (4' 2"). It must have been him!! (I'm checking for more info on that)

Many Chiswick School pupils at that time in the 1960's..and before ..used to travel by train from Hounslow, Isleworth, Brentford etc on the Southern Railway..in their maroon and light blue uniforms. (West Ham colours!)

A previous Forum thread message says that Phil ..at one time lived on the Hanworth Road, Hounslow. On the Phil Collins website forum..a fan has told me that he lived in Hibernia Road, off the Hanworth Road..and that he was just around the corner. from Phil. Travel to Chiswick Grammar from there was quite plausible.

In addition, today I asked a colleague of mine if he knew where Phil Collins ever lived. To my surprise he replied that he was in an old girl friends house in Constance Road, Whitton..chatting in the kitchen..and the girl remarked that "Phil Collins used to live here!". (My colleague hopes to double check tomorrow!)

After the July 1965 Sports Day it seems that Phil changed Schools and went to the Barbara Speake Stage school (in Acton?)..where his mother June had connections. Mrs Collins senior "used to work in a toy shop...before she became a childrens theatrical Agent. Indeed she worked at that School too.."well into her 70's".

Phil had a nickname "Little Elvis" at some time..and he is/was also a collector of "tin toys ..like Dinkies" (that rings a Chiswick forum bell!!).


In 1965 "Phil landed the role of Artful Dodger in OLIVER in the West End"


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« Reply #35 on: Oct 22nd, 2016, 12:29pm »

Bought it in Paris two days ago and started to read it at various cafés around town. Strange how Phil, the great Phil Collins, the big international star seems to lack so much self-confidence. He always give in, always take the last spot, always compromise in favour of others.
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« Reply #36 on: Oct 22nd, 2016, 12:36pm »

I stupidly ordered the audio book by mistke and so i am lumbered with 10cds, quite enjoying uncle phil reading to me though feel i should be sat on his lap, i ordered the book in hardback now, I hope grin
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« Reply #37 on: Oct 23rd, 2016, 07:35am »

i've got it! i didn't think it would be translated into spanish. and i didn't expect to find it in physical stores so promptly, if at all.

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« Reply #38 on: Oct 30th, 2016, 10:26pm »

Listened to it on Audible.com
Having Phil read it is fantastic. His sense of humour and willingness to lay out the good, the bad and the ugly made this a great 12 hours of listening.
No question he's had a few less than role model moments, which he happily shares, but what a drummer, singer, composer and frontman. Incredible career.
Wonderful book.
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« Reply #39 on: Oct 31st, 2016, 03:28am »

I received the book the other day and i'm halfway through it.
It didn't impress me much so far.
Not much of his usual humorism and little 'new' facts.
His time with Genesis seems briefly summirezed using the already existing sources, so, nothing new on that front.
He seems to have followed the recent trend applied to his remasters: take as much as he can that's already done before and quickly available (from youtube on the remasters, from the existing books/magazines for his book) and use it.

I was honestly expecting something more.
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« Reply #40 on: Oct 31st, 2016, 6:41pm »

I got the book in the mail and read it all in one sitting, staying up pretty late to do so. I guess that means it was good, right?

At first, the book lacked emotion and felt almost ghost-written. But when it hit the Genesis period, it sounded more "like Phil." I learned a few details that, even after Armando Gallo's books, reading forums over the years, etc., I still did not know.

Very depressing as the story enters the 90s. I saw the Dodger Stadium 92 show and remember how Phil seemed changed, distant. And, apparently, this show is precisely when his second marriage began to derail.

The last portion of the book is agonizing to read. It is amazing Phil survived. And also surprising that he was already descending into alcoholism before and during the 2007 tour.

The book was moving and a worthy read. I still feel emotional a day later.



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« Reply #41 on: Nov 1st, 2016, 07:54am »

on Oct 31st, 2016, 6:41pm, socalgenesisfan wrote:
I got the book in the mail and read it all in one sitting, staying up pretty late to do so. I guess that means it was good, right?

At first, the book lacked emotion and felt almost ghost-written. But when it hit the Genesis period, it sounded more "like Phil." I learned a few details that, even after Armando Gallo's books, reading forums over the years, etc., I still did not know.

Very depressing as the story enters the 90s. I saw the Dodger Stadium 92 show and remember how Phil seemed changed, distant. And, apparently, this show is precisely when his second marriage began to derail.

The last portion of the book is agonizing to read. It is amazing Phil survived. And also surprising that he was already descending into alcoholism before and during the 2007 tour.

The book was moving and a worthy read. I still feel emotional a day later.





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« Reply #42 on: Nov 2nd, 2016, 1:01pm »

I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed it but was completely unaware of the torment Phil had gone through personally since Both Sides and his resulting retirement decision.

It was interesting yet self inflicted in many ways. He decided to make his life with his third wife and he decided to give up Genesis and then music .. yet both of those decisions caused him huge heartache and the result gaps in his life - which nearly took his life

Really sad to read the way he dismissed albums like testify and DITL as a failure .. I, like many fans, do not consider them to be the best Phil did but they are not 'bad'. DITL was the best concert I have ever been too.

For Testify I seem to recall he barely promoted and just did a couple of show case gigs .. not surprising it was not successful.

Some interesting throw away comments .. like the TIOA tour was for him to say goodbye but everyone else (myself included) felt it was a new start. The sections on his 'dark' years was really quite upsetting. He comes across, by his own admission, as being quite an unpleasant character during that period.

My only complaint really is I would like to have read more about the music and the inspiration of some of the songs. He touched on a few but I'd have preferred more.

However, as a life long fan, I really enjoyed the read.

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« Reply #43 on: Nov 3rd, 2016, 6:47pm »

pay attention to the book cover: a close up picture of phil, with his name and the title handwritten. doesn't it all remind us of something? the covers of phil's albums! in fact, 'not dead yet' could be a perfect title for a new album.

anyway, the certain thing is that i'm enjoying a lot reading this book. smiley
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« Reply #44 on: Nov 4th, 2016, 04:30am »

Just wanted to add that if anyone who has the interest to read this forum is going to get the book I'd highly recommend getting the audiobook. It's like sitting with Phil and enjoying listening to him share his life's journey in such a candid and amusing way, warts and all as he says. He is so funny and revealing in his narration of his own story.
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