Phil Collins - Reflecting on Music and Family in "Not Dead Yet"

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Phil Collins looks back at his first meeting with friend and frequent collaborator Eric Clapton and talks about managing work and family life in his memoir "Not Dead Yet." (4:34)

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My next guest isa legendary musician,

who has sold hundredsof millions of records

throughout his career.

And just released his memoircalled, Not Dead Yet.

-Please welcome Phil Collins.-Yes.

(cheering and applause)

Thank you! Thank you!

Thank you very much. Thank you.

Wow. Thank you for being here.

-I want to talk to youabout the book. -Yeah.

Is this... I...I couldn't find another one.

This is your memoir?This is it?

-This is it, yeah, yeah. Um...-Wh... Like, I feel like

you've lived many memoirs' worthof-of memories,

of information-- why now?

Well, uh, I mean, I've beenwanting to do it since

the-the '90s, you know.And-and I kind of felt... I...

The time is kind of...Why not, you know?

I'm-I'm... I was pretty muchdoing nothing

when I started writing this.

-I started doing the, um...-(laughter)

I don't see anything funnythere. The...

The, uh...

In 2010, I startedwriting the early chapters.

-That was the fun stuff,you know? -Yeah.

Dad, Mom, brother, sister.And then, um, I...

When it came to the music,I kind of glazed over,

'cause it was so dense. Andputting it in order seemed like

a huge mountain to climb,so I got together

with a journalist,uh, called Craig MacLean,

who helped me sort throughthat mud.

You liveda pretty remarkable life,

especially with how you gotinto music.

To be... to be telling storiesabout going to Abbey Road

at the height of the Beatles,to be in an environment

where you're referringto Eric Clapton by just "Eric."

I mean, there are stories whereyou say "Eric," and you're like,

-"I'm sorry, Eric who?"And it's like, oh, Er... -Yeah.

oh, the Eric Clapton is...Do you ever look back

and realizehow magnificent that was?

Well, yes, absolutely.I mean, never a day goes by,

really, where I don'tappreciate how lucky I've been.

I mean, the-the...

the thing with,um, Eric Clapton...

um, was that I-I...

the first timeI came into contact with him

was I was at a bus stop,

uh, uh, gettingthe last bus home

in my end-of-the-line house

in Hounslow,which is a suburb of London.

And I was... There was a clubin-in Hounslow called the Attic.

And I remember hearing...

♪ Just driving in my car

♪ Smoking my cigar...

You know?And it was "N.S.U." by Cream.

And... and I was standingat the bus stop.

And I was listening to this,thinking,

"Man, what another worldthat is."

And 25 years later,I'm producing him.

You know? And he's my...one of my best mates.

So these... My life has beencharmed like that.

I-I've playedwith a lot of my heroes.

And the Abbey Road thingwa... you know,

was-was for George Harrison'sfirst solo album,

-and Ringo was there,Billy Preston was there, -Yeah.

Phil Spector was producing.

You know, and I was... I was 19,and I was in that environment,

and... it's just... it is...

it was a wonderful timeto be alive, the '60s, you know?

Because it was all happeningfor the first time.

You-you have now hadthe opportunity though

to say yes to an up-and-comingartist who is really following

in your footsteps,and that's your son.

What is that like now,sharing that experience with...

Why, it's wonderful.I mean, he played the U.S. Open.

He played the-the shows...

I did three kind of shortcharity shows this year,

and he played. Andhe's-he's a fantastic drummer.

I've got three sons, you know.The oldest one's 40, Simon,

and he's a wonderful drummer.

And he's got his own career.

Uh, Nick is-is 15.

He'll be 16 by the timewe go on the road.

But my... but poor Matthew,who's 11,

doesn't play the drums.

Well, he probably realized thenoise in the house was just...

-Yeah. -I mean, that's quitea family to have,

where everyone's playingthe drums.

-No one's doing guitaror anything. -Yeah.

I mean, at one point,there was three drum kits

in the same room, you know?And, uh,

he-he said, "I-I'm not...I'm not going for it, Dad.

"And-and I don't feellike a Collins,

because I don't play the drums."

Which is sad, you know, whena... nine-year-old says that.

And he said, "And besides,Nicholas told me last night

-that I was adopted."-(laughter)

-So it runs in the family then.-Yeah.

It runs in the family. It's-it'sa truly beautiful book.

Thank you so much for your time.Thank you for writing it.

A new single is coming out.The memoir, Not Dead Yet,

and the singlesare both available now.

-Phil Collins, everybody.-(cheering and applause)