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When Prince met the rabbi: Singer's spiritual awakening detailed in 'This Thing Called Life' Book

https://tinyurl.com/y4qhyqff


Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Neal Karlen’s “This Thing Called Life,” recounting the writer’s decades-long relationship with Prince and the singer’s evolution from “Dirty Mind” provocateur to Brother Nelson of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

He would really begin to learn, or care, about other people and their needs starting around age 40. He gave away instruments and computers. He funded libraries and school lunches. He gave a million dollars a year to the Minneapolis Urban League. And he didn’t care that his philanthropic efforts, even though they dwarfed most celebrities’, were kept as quiet as if they were his most lethal secrets.




[Book pic edit - luv4u]

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Reply #1 posted 10/05/20 10:14pm

dualboot

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Thank you. Interesting read

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Reply #2 posted 10/05/20 11:13pm

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Too bad you can't believe a word in this book
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Reply #3 posted 10/05/20 11:25pm

ForceofNature

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Too bad you can't believe a word in this book

What do you mean?

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Reply #4 posted 10/06/20 8:16am

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"The rabbi stroked his beard and stared Prince down — a virtually impossible task — I’d never before seen anyone overpower Prince with silence. That was Prince’s shtick."

lol lol lol

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we all need 2 b friends"
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Reply #5 posted 10/06/20 8:54am

ThatWhiteDude

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fragglerock said:

Too bad you can't believe a word in this book

Why?
"Like books and BLACK LIVES, Albums still MATTER."

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Reply #6 posted 10/06/20 10:10am

onlyforaminute

Weird this is the official book thread but ok. Only a few chapters in, all i got to say so far is it's very uncomfortable, i can hear some fans blowing a gasket over some of this..
Time keeps on slipping into the future...


This moment is all there is...
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Reply #7 posted 10/06/20 10:30am

TrivialPursuit

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I don't know who the author is, and every snip I've read about the book makes my skin crawl. That whole thing w/ the rabbi is just bizarre. Even for Prince.

[Edited 10/6/20 13:12pm]

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #8 posted 10/06/20 10:46am

ThatWhiteDude

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onlyforaminute said:

Weird this is the official book thread but ok. Only a few chapters in, all i got to say so far is it's very uncomfortable, i can hear some fans blowing a gasket over some of this..

I just ordered mine... So yeah...it's probably a book you have to read yourself to talk about.
"Like books and BLACK LIVES, Albums still MATTER."

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Reply #9 posted 10/06/20 10:49am

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TrivialPursuit said:

I don't know who the author is, and every snip I've read about the book makes my skin crawl. That whole thing w/ the rabbit is just bizarre. Even for Prince.


You don't know who Neal Karlen is?

Who are you people?

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Reply #10 posted 10/06/20 11:35am

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onlyforaminute said:

Weird this is the official book thread but ok. Only a few chapters in, all i got to say so far is it's very uncomfortable, i can hear some fans blowing a gasket over some of this..

Can you share what's uncomfortable?

I Love U, But I Don't Trust U Anymore...
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Reply #11 posted 10/06/20 12:33pm

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TrivialPursuit said:

I don't know who the author is, and every snip I've read about the book makes my skin crawl. That whole thing w/ the rabbit is just bizarre. Even for Prince.

Is this the "big white rabbit"?

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Reply #12 posted 10/06/20 12:56pm

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ufoclub said:

TrivialPursuit said:

I don't know who the author is, and every snip I've read about the book makes my skin crawl. That whole thing w/ the rabbit is just bizarre. Even for Prince.

Is this the "big white rabbit"?

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LOL, rolling on the floor.

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I think you have to be a long time Prince fan to know who Neal Karlen is.

Find it also unbelievable some people never heard of him.

wink

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"...no matter what, all will be fine, always."
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Reply #13 posted 10/06/20 12:59pm

onlyforaminute

Musze said:



onlyforaminute said:


Weird this is the official book thread but ok. Only a few chapters in, all i got to say so far is it's very uncomfortable, i can hear some fans blowing a gasket over some of this..


Can you share what's uncomfortable?



I haven't completed the book and I see already I'll have to go back over it a second time because some parts I didn't understand. I will say Neal did not like his dad, seems a lot of those wee hour conversations were about his dad. And I don't think i want to begin those old conversations that are going to come up again now with ammunition.
Time keeps on slipping into the future...


This moment is all there is...
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Reply #14 posted 10/06/20 1:14pm

TrivialPursuit

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Vannormal said:

ufoclub said:

Is this the "big white rabbit"?

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LOL, rolling on the floor.

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I think you have to be a long time Prince fan to know who Neal Karlen is.

Find it also unbelievable some people never heard of him.

wink

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Okay first that rabbit began to talk... my best friend left me.

Second, I really don't recognize Neal's name off hand. I don't mean to imply he's not credible or anything. I just don't know him.

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #15 posted 10/06/20 2:30pm

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for anyone who doesn't know who Neal is, he's absolute slime.

releasing private phone calls of Prince, do you honestly think Prince allowed him to record these phone calls?

I cant see how anyone can take one word of this work of fiction seriously

Neal contradicts himself more often than Michael Howe and thats saying something

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Reply #16 posted 10/06/20 3:02pm

rap

TrivialPursuit said:

I don't know who the author is, and every snip I've read about the book makes my skin crawl. That whole thing w/ the rabbi is just bizarre. Even for Prince.

[Edited 10/6/20 13:12pm]

Seriously? He's part of Prince folklore.

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Reply #17 posted 10/06/20 3:21pm

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You guys are selling this book very well

Idk this rabbi story but I can't wait to read it now
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Reply #18 posted 10/06/20 3:49pm

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kind of want to read it in a trashy national enquirer type of way

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Reply #19 posted 10/06/20 4:01pm

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Reply #20 posted 10/06/20 4:19pm

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rap said:

https://tinyurl.com/y4qhyqff

Which thread do you want us to post in, since you've started 2 now?

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Reply #21 posted 10/06/20 4:53pm

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Irrespective of who Neal Karlen is, it's pretty reprehensible to record private conversations with Prince and then release those in the audio version of the book and to the media for promotional purposes.
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Reply #22 posted 10/06/20 5:26pm

TrivialPursuit

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rap said:

TrivialPursuit said:

I don't know who the author is, and every snip I've read about the book makes my skin crawl. That whole thing w/ the rabbi is just bizarre. Even for Prince.

Seriously? He's part of Prince folklore.


I really don't recognize Neal's name off hand. I don't mean to imply he's not credible or anything. I just don't know him.

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #23 posted 10/06/20 5:32pm

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fragglerock said:

for anyone who doesn't know who Neal is, he's absolute slime.

releasing private phone calls of Prince, do you honestly think Prince allowed him to record these phone calls?

I cant see how anyone can take one word of this work of fiction seriously

Neal contradicts himself more often than Michael Howe and thats saying something

I´m glad I´m not the only one who doesn´t have a high opinion of him.

This is the kind of book that probably contains a lot of info that the hardcore fans would want to know, but on the other hand it is the kind of book I wouldn´t want to buy in new form, only second hand, maybe not even that.

Isn´t this the same indiscreet person who once joked about Prince´s death before Prince died so he could get more money for the memorabilia he owns? Letters and such?

I know he did a couple of interviews and worked on a musical project with Prince but I couldn´t care less.

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" I´d rather be a stank ass hoe because I´m not stupid. Oh my goodness! I got more drugs! I´m always funny dude...I´m hilarious! Are we gonna smoke?"
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Reply #24 posted 10/06/20 5:34pm

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So Karlen is saying that Prince came to his house, saw a prescription bottle with Percocet and downed a third of it?

Oh c'mon. Don't know if I want to read this book now or not.

He also is saying that Susannah was the one who didn't take any shit from Prince... eek Seriously? How many women was he with, when Susannah was in the picture? Cuz it was sure more than Susannah!

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Reply #25 posted 10/06/20 5:36pm

ForceofNature

Not every Prince fan knows about this guy, I know I didn't before this thread. So thank you to the people who genuinly described/explained who he is and the controversy

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Reply #26 posted 10/06/20 5:37pm

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PennyPurple said:

So Karlen is saying that Prince came to his house, saw a prescription bottle with Percocet and downed a third of it?



Oh c'mon. Don't know if I want to read this book now or not.


He also is saying that Susannah was the one who didn't take any shit from Prince... eek Seriously? How many women was he with, when Susannah was in the picture? Cuz it was sure more than Susannah!


I tried to cancel my order from Amazon, the more I read the more I'm turned off. I so hope the order can get canceled. And now that I read your post, I wish it even more.
[Edited 10/6/20 18:09pm]
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Reply #28 posted 10/06/20 6:12pm

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ThatWhiteDude said:

PennyPurple said:

So Karlen is saying that Prince came to his house, saw a prescription bottle with Percocet and downed a third of it?

Oh c'mon. Don't know if I want to read this book now or not.

He also is saying that Susannah was the one who didn't take any shit from Prince... eek Seriously? How many women was he with, when Susannah was in the picture? Cuz it was sure more than Susannah!

I tried to cancel my order from Amazon, the more I read the more I'm turnes off. I so hope the order can get canceled. And now that I read your post, I wish it even more.

I just don't know. He recorded Prince without Prince knowing, and has those tapes. I just don't know. I'll wait til some more reviews come out.

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Reply #29 posted 10/06/20 6:54pm

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kind of want to read it in a trashy national enquirer type of way


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Pretty much sums it up, it is the National Enquirer.
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