With a brand-new introduction and chapter that cover the last five year's of Prince's life and work and his untimely death in April 2016.
In his three decades of recording, Prince had nearly thirty albums hit the Billboard Top 100. He is the only artist since the Beatles to have a number-one song, movie, and single at the same time. Prince's trajectory—from a teenage unknown in Minneapolis to an idol and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer—won him millions of adoring fans the world over.
Prince is the first book to give full treatment to his thirty-five-year career. Acclaimed music journalist Ronin Ro traces Prince's rise from anonymity in the late 70s, to his catapult to stardom in the 80s, to his reemergence in the twenty-first century as an artistic icon. Ro expertly chronicles his music and career, showing how Prince and his albums helped define and inspire a generation. Along the way, Prince confronted labels, fostered other young talents, and took ownership of his music, making a profound mark on the entertainment industry and pop culture.
Capturing the essence of a constantly evolving artist like the massively successful Prince is no easy task, but music journalist and biographer Ro's look at the man behind the curtain is a worthy effort. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Prince Rogers Nelson was immersed in music from a young age, listening to his musician father, John, trying to make it big. Just as he would years later for his studio albums, young Prince played whatever musical instrument he could find and mastered each one. He formed several bands as a teenager in the 1970s, playing Top 40 covers, before striking out on his own. Though record labels were first leery about a teenager who not only performed but also produced his own material, 17-year-old Prince signed with Warner in 1977 in one of the most lucrative contracts ever offered to an unknown. From his first album For You, one thing was obvious: Prince was devoted to his music and nothing would prevent him from making the kind of sound he wanted to make. Ro chronicles Prince's increasingly difficult relationship with Warner, as well as his tumultuous history with his backup band, the Revolution, and the young artists he brought into the fold. Prince has helped redefine the boundaries of the music industry, and this solid biography gives fans a peek at a complicated talent.
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Surprising, yet thrilling 🔥🔥🔥
This is a good read, surprising... I just hope that this book will help people acknowledge the good artist that Prince was.
Very Nice Covering Prince's Life and Music
Thoroughly enjoyable and educational to the understanding of the creative genius at work. Many well researched details to the overall story are given. Leaves off with Prince's life in a successful place with Prince celebrating a life of great accomplishment.
i still wish he didn't die, purple rain was one of my favorite songs.