Throughout the 1990s, Prince feuded with his record label, Warner Bros., over his rights as an independent recording artist - and made some of the most brilliant music of his career. During that time, Jim Walsh covered Prince for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and wrote about him passionately, thoughtfully, exhaustively. Here, in real-time, is that coverage: a look back at Prince in the '90s. Walsh's newly unearthed interviews, essays, columns, and reviews make Gold Experience an essential slice of history for fans, scholars, and latecomers to the Minneapolis-born musical genius Prince Rogers Nelson.
Join Walsh at the 1994 NBA All-Star game afterparty and release bash for the single "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World". Accompany him to the after-hours clubs Erotic City, Glam Slam, and, of course, Paisley Park. Meet Prince's wife and bandmate Mayte (and while you're at it, take in the wedding and reception and enjoy a two-hour sit-down interview with Prince). This is Prince as few have seen him, reported as only Jim Wash can: a portrait of the artist from a dizzying array of angles, captured in living color for all time.
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Reader did a disservice to the book.
The book itself was good. Many things I didn't know about Prince from that time, mostly because I only listened to his music at that time. I wasn't allowed to go to shows!
I'm going to guess the reader wasn't a Prince fan. And perhaps he'd not been to Minnesota before. I cringed every time he mispronounced a song, place, album. Of the things mispronounced include: the album Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic (he pronounced Rave You Unto the Joy Fantastic), the song Anna Stesia (he pronounced anesthesia - like the medicine), the venue next to First Avenue (I can't remember how he pronounced that) and the way he pronounced the city Chanhassen (his emphasis in the -hassen...it was just weird).
There were a few times I wished Walsh had gone more into the stories surrounding...the stories he published. For example, he mentioned a time at Paisley that Prince asked if he brought his shoes to play ball. He hadn't. But did he ever? Did Walsh ever play ball with Prince? What was that like?
Another example, Walsh said very little about when Prince & Mayte lost their child. I wasn't looking for tabloid gossip but he was around when she was pregnant, he commented on Mayte's role in the band many times, and even the wedding, what was it like around Paisley during her pregnancy? It would have been nice to even acknowledge that huge moment in their lives.
- A. Grimm