New details have been revealed about Prince’s forthcoming memoir The Beautiful Ones, including that he wanted it “to be the biggest music book of all time.”
According to Consequence of Sound, the late musician chose New Yorker writer Dan Piepenbring to pen the memoir based on a personal statement he wrote about his own relationship with Prince’s music–and flew him to Minneapolis the next day to discuss the project. Recalling the meeting, Piepenbring says Prince told him, “I want something that’s passed around from friend to friend, like–do you know Waking Life?”
In addition to referencing Richard Linklater’s surreal 2001 movie, Prince mentioned Miles Davis’ autobiography and John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me. Prince died having only completed 50 or so pages of the book, which will be included alongside never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks, and lyric sheets, as well as Piepenbring’s own recollection of the musician’s final months.
The Beautiful Ones will be released via Random House on October 29.