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Thread started 08/04/17 10:28pm

tomasz

Prince books

Hi

A number of Prince books have been published over the past 2 years and I was wondering if there are any in there that are considered a 'must' for a purple fan?

Thank you
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Reply #1 posted 08/04/17 10:33pm

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Reply #2 posted 08/05/17 2:13am

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Why not research it yourself? Why the need to be spoonfed? Why would you even trust the opinion of a single person here?

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Go to GoodReads.com and read reader reviews of these books. Go to Amazon and read the reviews of readers there. Search here for these books and read what is said. Etc.

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And perhaps then come back here and offer a summary of what you have found, and ask if others agree. Maybe you'll get additional reviews and information. Post a thread about each book you're interested in and provide a well-informed opening post. Link to previous threads and other online resources.

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Too much work? Yet you expect us to invest time and effort replying to a thread with the imaginative title "Prince books" and a one-line question that quite frankly isn't answerable.

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Reply #3 posted 08/05/17 4:14am

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http://prince.org/msg/7/434225

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Reply #4 posted 08/05/17 4:30am

LovePaisley

Hi Tomaz. It's not a bad idea to read all of them, actually. The perspective is interesting, as book after book often use the same stories but with a different spin. Now, reality doesn't have a spin, does it? For me personally, I learned to take allll of it with a grain of salt.

Anyway, your original question: Mayte's book is wonderful (several grains of salt). I read The Gold Experience right after that. Both books focused on two sides of the same time period, one from the inside, one from the outside, which was very cool.

I wouldn't recommend Thief in the Temple. Too rambling, nothing new. Dig if You Will the Picture, also very good. Personally, I didn't like Tourés book. Too many rehashed stories and a "Gen X" thread throughout the book that felt like filler. I know you asked for recent books, but if you haven't read it, DMSR is my #1 book. Incredibly detailed, very little journalistic bias.

Hope that helps!
And the MUSIC continues...forever...
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Reply #5 posted 08/05/17 6:15am

Superfan1984

For the record, I recently read Ronin Ro's book for the second time and thought it was great- especially for someone fairly new to Prince (not me, but if you are) - it lays his career out pretty nicely.

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Reply #6 posted 08/05/17 6:25am

dustoff

BartVanHemelen said:

Why not research it yourself? Why the need to be spoonfed? Why would you even trust the opinion of a single person here?

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Go to GoodReads.com and read reader reviews of these books. Go to Amazon and read the reviews of readers there. Search here for these books and read what is said. Etc.

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And perhaps then come back here and offer a summary of what you have found, and ask if others agree. Maybe you'll get additional reviews and information. Post a thread about each book you're interested in and provide a well-informed opening post. Link to previous threads and other online resources.

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Too much work? Yet you expect us to invest time and effort replying to a thread with the imaginative title "Prince books" and a one-line question that quite frankly isn't answerable.

Jesus, Bart. The OP just asked for a book recommendation, a not unreasonable request. It would have taken much less "time and effort" providing one (or ignorning the question altogether) than it would to compose your vitriolic response.

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Reply #7 posted 08/05/17 7:07am

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Must read!

lol

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Reply #8 posted 08/05/17 8:06am

laytonian

HerecomethePurpleYoda said:

Must read!




lol



I didn't notice you'd put the laughing face in there. I thought you were serious so I went to Amazon and looked.
64 pages and an illiterate description.
YOU GOT ME ON THAT ONE!

razz
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[Edited 8/5/17 8:06am]
We had fun, didn't we?
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Reply #9 posted 08/05/17 8:14am

laytonian

tomasz said:

Hi

A number of Prince books have been published over the past 2 years and I was wondering if there are any in there that are considered a 'must' for a purple fan?

Thank you


Most but there are some I'd recommend over others.
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LET'S GO CRAZY by Alan Light probably details the making of the film Purple Rain better than anything else.
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A POP LIFE, which I read part of online before it was pulled. Expensive to buy.
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....and give Mayte Garcia's book an honest chance. It's a respectful, living look by one of the few people who got as close as possible to him.
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But the one I'm waiting for is Neal Karlen's. He had 30 years of friendship and phone calls with P.
He had tapes and notes and P trusted him. I hope it all didn't get burned up in his apartment fire.
He did have his laptop with him. .
Read his Rolling Stone interviews.
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We had fun, didn't we?
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Reply #10 posted 08/05/17 9:00am

kingricefan

It only took two responses before the OP was slammed with negativity. Prince would be so proud..... no no no!

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Reply #11 posted 08/05/17 9:31am

TrivialPursuit

laytonian said:

Most but there are some I'd recommend over others.
.
LET'S GO CRAZY by Alan Light probably details the making of the film Purple Rain better than anything else.
.
A POP LIFE, which I read part of online before it was pulled. Expensive to buy.
.
....and give Mayte Garcia's book an honest chance. It's a respectful, living look by one of the few people who got as close as possible to him.
.
But the one I'm waiting for is Neal Karlen's. He had 30 years of friendship and phone calls with P.
He had tapes and notes and P trusted him. I hope it all didn't get burned up in his apartment fire.
He did have his laptop with him. .
Read his Rolling Stone interviews.


I'm going to echo this.

While I've not read Light's book yet, I do like his take on Prince over the years. A POP LIFE is a must.

DMSR by Per Nilsen is a must as well.

Mayte's book is eye opening. I don't know why people have to try and shit on her so much over it. I've said before if I wanna hear anyone's story, it's her. She's married him, lived with him, etc. Friends are fine, but she was the most beautiful. It's a wonderful read.

I might read Toure's book. A lot of the others are just hopping on the purple wagon. Some were published a week or 10 days after he died. No way they'd get any attention from me.

"Despite everything, no 1 can dictate who u r 2 other people." - Prince |
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Reply #12 posted 08/05/17 4:23pm

purplefam99

tomasz said:

Hi

A number of Prince books have been published over the past 2 years and I was wondering if there are any in there that are considered a 'must' for a purple fan?

Thank you




I have read

To the beat of my own drum/ shelia e
I would die for you/ Toure
Let's go crazy/ Alan light
Prince and me /Andrea Foy
Gold Experience / Jim Walsh
Purple Reign / mick wall
The most beautiful/ Mayte Garcia
The day it snowed in April/ Devin Devasquez

I enjoyed them all but really liked Toure's. Reading them all gives you the best picture I think. The one by Andrea Foy I found really interesting as it is all from a fans point of view. Lots of typos but I appreciated her telling her story.
Best!
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Reply #13 posted 08/05/17 5:07pm

PurpleYoda3121

The Life And Times of Prince by Matt Thorne is very good, surprised it hasn't been mentioned already.

U fall in love 2 fast and hate 2 soon
And take 4 granted the feeling’s mutual
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Reply #14 posted 08/05/17 7:39pm

purplefam99

Is DMSR out of print? I can't find it at a reasonable price.
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Reply #15 posted 08/05/17 7:42pm

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laytonian said:

tomasz said:

Hi

A number of Prince books have been published over the past 2 years and I was wondering if there are any in there that are considered a 'must' for a purple fan?

Thank you


Most but there are some I'd recommend over others.
.
LET'S GO CRAZY by Alan Light probably details the making of the film Purple Rain better than anything else.
.
A POP LIFE, which I read part of online before it was pulled. Expensive to buy.
.
....and give Mayte Garcia's book an honest chance. It's a respectful, living look by one of the few people who got as close as possible to him.
.
But the one I'm waiting for is Neal Karlen's. He had 30 years of friendship and phone calls with P.
He had tapes and notes and P trusted him. I hope it all didn't get burned up in his apartment fire.
He did have his laptop with him. .
Read his Rolling Stone interviews.
.

Neal was clowning Prince hard a few months before he died. I would like to think the fire was Prince getting even from beyond the grave.
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Reply #16 posted 08/05/17 7:46pm

gandorb

purplefam99 said:

Is DMSR out of print? I can't find it at a reasonable price.

Last time I looked it was, so it sounds like it still is.

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Reply #17 posted 08/05/17 7:58pm

purplefam99

laurarichardson said:

laytonian said:



Most but there are some I'd recommend over others.
.
LET'S GO CRAZY by Alan Light probably details the making of the film Purple Rain better than anything else.
.
A POP LIFE, which I read part of online before it was pulled. Expensive to buy.
.
....and give Mayte Garcia's book an honest chance. It's a respectful, living look by one of the few people who got as close as possible to him.
.
But the one I'm waiting for is Neal Karlen's. He had 30 years of friendship and phone calls with P.
He had tapes and notes and P trusted him. I hope it all didn't get burned up in his apartment fire.
He did have his laptop with him. .
Read his Rolling Stone interviews.
.

Neal was clowning Prince hard a few months before he died. I would like to think the fire was Prince getting even from beyond the grave.


What do u mean clowning?? Joking around with him??
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Reply #18 posted 08/05/17 7:58pm

gandorb

I just order the Mayte's book due to the praise here. I noticed that the already 570 readers on Amazon have given the book an average of 4.7 stars out of 5.0. While I know public taste and the wisdom of these types of reviews is debatable, it still is noteworthy that it did so much better than most books on Prince.

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Reply #19 posted 08/05/17 8:13pm

purplefam99

gandorb said:

I just order the Mayte's book due to the praise here. I noticed that the already 570 readers on Amazon have given the book an average of 4.7 stars out of 5.0. While I know public taste and the wisdom of these types of reviews is debatable, it still is noteworthy that it did so much better than most books on Prince.




I thought it was well done and agree with that rating of 4-5.
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Reply #20 posted 08/05/17 8:30pm

Misslink88

Dig If You Will The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius In the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman

It's been a while since I read it but it goes to 2014 or so. Good overall view of his music.

The Rise of Prince: 1958-1988 by Alex Hahn and Laura Tiebert

Good read of the early years, early relationships and the rise.

Prince by Matt Throne

Again, been a while, but it was released in 2012. Excellent resource and reference material.

Jason Draper's book Prince: Life & Times was rushed to press, IMO, and has some errors (if you're a long time fan.)

21 Nights: Prince by Randee St. Nichols is just wonderful to have. The photos are gorgeous and nothing but P's lyrics inside.

God is my Sugar Daddy.
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Reply #21 posted 08/06/17 9:29am

mattj

Prince A to Z great fun illustrated book



Misslink88 said:

Dig If You Will The Picture: Funk, Sex, God and Genius In the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman


It's been a while since I read it but it goes to 2014 or so. Good overall view of his music.



The Rise of Prince: 1958-1988 by Alex Hahn and Laura Tiebert


Good read of the early years, early relationships and the rise.



Prince by Matt Throne


Again, been a while, but it was released in 2012. Excellent resource and reference material.



Jason Draper's book Prince: Life & Times was rushed to press, IMO, and has some errors (if you're a long time fan.)



21 Nights: Prince by Randee St. Nichols is just wonderful to have. The photos are gorgeous and nothing but P's lyrics inside.

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Reply #22 posted 08/08/17 4:31am

laurarichardso
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purplefam99 said:

laurarichardson said:
Neal was clowning Prince hard a few months before he died. I would like to think the fire was Prince getting even from beyond the grave.
What do u mean clowning?? Joking around with him??

No, I mean saying some really negative stuff. I was very surprised when Prince died at the way he crying and carrying on.

http://www.startribune.com/c-j-neal-karlen-knows-lots-about-prince-just-don-t-call-him-the-prince-guy/375088911/

[Edited 8/8/17 4:36am]

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Reply #23 posted 08/08/17 5:15am

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Steve Parke's book is a must have - great stories and art.

Mick Wall's less so, just a by thge numbers biography.

Jason Thorne's is exhaustive but rewarding.

Alan Lights is a great and warming read about the whole Purple Rain phenomenon.

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Anything by Per Nilsen is worth its weight in Gold. I am still seeking that copy of Days of Wild but hold on to my late 90s copy of DMSR like a Rosetta stone. I will read nearly anything, but only waste ca$h monae on the best stuff.

Where I come from, we don't give a damn, we do whatever we please!
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Reply #24 posted 08/08/17 5:19am

1725topp

Prince: A Pop Life by Dave Hill (If it's out of print, you can still get it through library loan through your local library (Your local library can get it from any other library in America), or, if you are willing to pay for the copies, the library of congress will copy it for you. At least that is what a friend did when he needed it for his Master's thesis.) I'm so happy to have my own copy of this. It's a great read.

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The Lyrics of Prince: A Literary Look by C. Liegh McInnis

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Reply #25 posted 08/08/17 5:20am

1725topp

BartVanHemelen said:

Why not research it yourself? Why the need to be spoonfed? Why would you even trust the opinion of a single person here?

.

Go to GoodReads.com and read reader reviews of these books. Go to Amazon and read the reviews of readers there. Search here for these books and read what is said. Etc.

.

And perhaps then come back here and offer a summary of what you have found, and ask if others agree. Maybe you'll get additional reviews and information. Post a thread about each book you're interested in and provide a well-informed opening post. Link to previous threads and other online resources.

.

Too much work? Yet you expect us to invest time and effort replying to a thread with the imaginative title "Prince books" and a one-line question that quite frankly isn't answerable.

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Man, just list some books you be done read already.

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Reply #26 posted 08/08/17 5:43am

Chasing

The Rise of Orince / Alex Hahn and Laura Tiebert - absolutely essential reading.

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Reply #27 posted 08/08/17 4:49pm

Adorecream

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I thought it was just about stuff released since his death or in the past two years, but I agree that Dave Hill's Prince a Pop Life from 1989 is essential and I am lucky enough to have a worn 1990 edition of it (Same as 1989 version except it shows a Parade era shot of Prince waving).

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Another really good book is Ronin Ros even if it has several mistakes. Liz Jones 1998 Slave to the Rhythm is hit and miss, but has a very good level of detail about his 1996/97 era Breakdown and the child fiasco.

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Books to avoid are "Prince by Steven Ivory" a mega cheep 1980s Purple Rain paperback, Brian Morton's thief in the Temple, Prince's 21 nights. They pretty much add nothing to Prince's legacy.

Where I come from, we don't give a damn, we do whatever we please!
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Reply #28 posted 08/09/17 4:28am

Starlit

I guess it depends on what you're looking for.

If you're looking for "facts", you won't find them in this one, but if you're looking for some beautiful personal stories and stunning pictures (!), you could try Steve Parke's "Picturing Prince : An Intimate Portrait". As his former art director he spent quite some time - especially at night wink - working with/talking to Prince at Paisley Park. (The book was published a few months ago, I believe, and contains some never-before-published pictures.)

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Reply #29 posted 08/09/17 11:46pm

Asenath0607

I would have to agree with Starlit in that it depends on what you are looking for. A lot of people on the site spoke highly of Per Nilsen's dance, music, sex, romance and I was actually able to locate that at my local library, as well as Possessed: The Rise and Fall of Prince by Alex Hahn. I enjoyed both of those. I admit that I tend to favor books which have more personal information about Prince and therefore, I think that's why I enjoyed Possessed more than Prince: the man and his music by Matt Thorne. I really couldn't get into Prince: Inside the music and the Masks, nor Prince: A Thief in the Temple and never finished reading either of those.

if i were to ever write down my life story,
i could truly say with all the fame and glory,
i was just a piece of clay in need of the potter’s hand,
’cause when you whispered in my ear
the words i so now understand
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